Marie de France

Marie de France (də fräNs), fl. 1155–90, poet. Born in France, she spent her adult life in England in aristocratic circles and wrote in Anglo-Norman. She is best known for some dozen lais; several are of Celtic origin, and some are Arthurian.

See Lais, ed. by A. Ewert (1944). See translations by J. L. Weston (1900), E. Rickert (1901), and E. Mason (1911); study by E. J. Mickel, Jr. (1974).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Lays of Marie de France and Other French Legends
Marie de France; Eugene Mason.
Dent, 1966
Fictions of Identity in Medieval France
Donald Maddox.
Cambridge University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "The Specular Encounter in Fictions of Reciprocity: The Lais of Marie de France"
Shaping Romance: Interpretation, Truth, and Closure in Twelfth-Century French Fictions
Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Textual Identity and the Name of a Collection: Marie de France's Lais"
Gender and Text in the Later Middle Ages
Jane Chance.
University Press of Florida, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Marie de France and the Body Poetic"
Deadly Letters: "Deus Amanz," Marie's "Prologue" to the 'Lais' and the Dangerous Nature of the Gloss
Cowell, Andrew.
The Romanic Review, Vol. 88, No. 3, May 1997
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The Challenge of the Medieval Text: Studies in Genre and Interpretation
W. T. H. Jackson; Joan M. Ferrante; Robert W. Hanning.
Columbia University Press, 1985
Women's Vision in Western Literature: The Empathic Community
Laurence M. Porter.
Praeger, 2005
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Two "The Situation Ethics of Marie de France"
Medieval Romance in England: A Study of the Sources and Analogues of the Non-Cyclic Metrical Romances
Laura A. Hibbard.
Oxford University Press, 1924
Librarian’s tip: Includes information on Marie de France in "Lay Le Freine"
An Introduction to Medieval Romance
A. B. Taylor.
Heath, Cranton, 1930
Women's Writing in Middle English
Alexandra Barratt.
Longman, 1992
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