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Chaucer and his French contemporaries : natural music in the fourteenth century / James I. Wimsatt.

By: Wimsatt, James I.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 1993, c1991Edition: Paperback ed.Description: xv, 378 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0802027423 (cloth); 9780802027429 (cloth); 0802071899 (paper); 9780802071897 (paper).Subject(s): Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400 -- Knowledge -- Literature | Guillaume, de Machaut, ca. 1300-1377 -- Influence | French poetry -- To 1500 -- History and criticism | Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400 -- Contemporaries | English poetry -- French influences | Music and literatureDDC classification: 821.1 | 820 LOC classification: PR1912.A3 | W56 1993Other classification: HH 5085
Contents:
Natural music in Middle French verse and Chaucer -- Poetry in the English court before Poitiers (1356) : Jean de le Mote -- Chaucer and Machaut : man, poet, persona -- Representations of the poet, the persona, and the audience in Middle French manuscripts -- Machaut's oeuvre and Chaucer's early poems -- Machaut and his tradition : Troilus, the Legend, and the Tales -- Chaucer and Jean Froissart -- Chaucer and Oton de Granson -- Chaucer and Eustache Deschamps -- Natural music in 1400.
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Natural music in Middle French verse and Chaucer -- Poetry in the English court before Poitiers (1356) : Jean de le Mote -- Chaucer and Machaut : man, poet, persona -- Representations of the poet, the persona, and the audience in Middle French manuscripts -- Machaut's oeuvre and Chaucer's early poems -- Machaut and his tradition : Troilus, the Legend, and the Tales -- Chaucer and Jean Froissart -- Chaucer and Oton de Granson -- Chaucer and Eustache Deschamps -- Natural music in 1400.

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Wimsatt supplies a much needed study of the literary relationships between Chaucer and his contemporary French writers, Jean de la Mote, Machaut, Froissart, Oton de Granson, and Eustache Deschamps. Most other works, with the notable exception of Charles Muscatine's Chaucer and the French Tradition (1957), have merely noted the connections between Chaucer and various French writers without bothering to explore the importance of these connections. One measure of how deeply Wimsatt explores these relationships is that three chapters are devoted to Machaut alone. There is one chapter for each of the other French poets. Wimsatt also addresses the question of how a poet writing in English can adapt French songs to his purpose without either being merely slavish or wrenching the French texts out of their proper contexts. In short, this is a book that no Chaucerian can afford to ignore. The copious French texts are translated, and the footnotes and bibliography are sources of learning all by themselves.-L. L. Bronson, Central Michigan University

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