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This book casts new light on the life and work of Francois Villon, one of the most famous but least understood poets of the later Middle Ages. Traditionally Villon has been viewed by scholars as an alienated outsider in his own time, whose work was in many respects derivative and commonplace. Jane Taylor instead points to the flair and originality of Villon's poetry, and the urgency and brilliance of his poetic dialogue with his predecessors and contemporaries. Taylor describes Villon's literary milieu as marked by an enjoyment of debate and competition, and shows the prominent place that he occupied in that poetic landscape. She argues that Villon's contemporaries were accustomed to reading in depth and in detail: they would have recognized and appreciated the flamboyance with which Villon challenged commonplace or ideological preconception.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521024242
ISBN-10: 0521024242
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 252
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jane H. M. Taylor

Jane Taylor is a fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford, and lecturer in French at Oxford University.

Books By Author Jane H. M. Taylor

Poetry of Francois Villon by Jane H. M. Taylor

The Poetry of Francois Villon

Hardback, May 2001