Subjectivity in Troubadour Poetry
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Subjectivity in Troubadour Poetry by Sarah Kay
Book DescriptionThe songs of the troubadour poets of the south of France were a pervasive influence in the development of the European lyric (and indeed other genres) from the twelfth century to the Renaissance and beyond. Much troubadour poetry is on the topic of love, and is composed from a first-person position. This book is a full-length study of this first-person subject position in its relation to language and society. Using theoretical approaches where appropriate, Sarah Kay discusses to what extent this first person is a 'self' or 'character', and how far it is self-determining. Dr Kay draws on a wide range of troubadour texts, and provides close readings of many of them, as well as translating all medieval quotations into English in order to make the discussion accessible to the non-specialist. Her book will be of interest both to scholars of medieval literature, and to anybody investigating subjectivity in lyric poetry.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521372381
(216mm x 138mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Sep-1990
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Sarah Kay
Knowing Poetry, Hardback (April 2011)
Exploring how verse was used to transmit and shape philosophical, historical, and other forms of knowledge in France in the later Middle Ages.
Cambridge Companion to Medieval French Literature, Paperback (April 2008)
Aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students, this is a wide-ranging overview of the rich tradition of medieval French literature.
Subjectivity in Troubadour Poetry, Paperback (November 2006)
This book studies the first-person position adopted by many of the medieval troubadours of southern France in its relation to language and society.
Short History of French Literature, Paperback (January 2006)» View all books by Sarah Kay
Tracing the history of French literature since its beginnings, this book offers an account of major writers and movements. It presents the developments in French literature in a different way. It allows the readers to grasp the main characteristics of major periods and enjoy an appraisal of individual works and their contexts.
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