Villon's Last Will: Language and Authority in the Testament

Villon's Last Will: Language and Authority in the Testament

Villon's Last Will: Language and Authority in the Testament

Villon's Last Will: Language and Authority in the Testament

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Traditionally scholars have scoured Villon's Testament for details about life in fifteenth century Paris. Few, though, have shown us why it is interesting as literature. Hunt puts aside historic references to concentrate exclusively on the textual strategies of the work, in particular its rhetorical techniques involving dialogue and irony. He views The Testament as ironic from start to finish, revealing how the poet's ironic technique results in the dissolution of meaning, authority, and even authorial identity.
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