Academic journal article The Modern Language Review

Devis D'amitie: Melanges En L'honneur De Nicole Cazauran

Academic journal article The Modern Language Review

Devis D'amitie: Melanges En L'honneur De Nicole Cazauran

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Devis d'amitie: melanges en l'honneur de Nicole Cazauran. Ed. by JEAN LECOINTE, CATHERINE MAGNIEN, ISABELLE PANTIN, and MARIE-CLAIRE THOMINE. (Colloques, congres et conferences sur la Renaissance, 28) Paris: Champion. 2002. 965 pp. ISBN 2-7453-0617-0.

The fifty-two contributions to this volume reflect the breadth of interests of a distinguised seiziemiste, and testify to the high esteem in which she is held. The first section contains essays on narrative literature, including a few on medieval texts. There are interesting analyses of the emerging art of the nouvelle in the short version of the Prose Tristan (Francine Mora), of the social conflicts evident in Jehan de Saintre (Pierre Servet), and of the merveilleux in Artus de Bretagne (Christine Ferlampin-Acher). There is also a controversial study of Aucassin et Nicolette, in which the author (Simonetta Mazzoni-Peruzzi) attempts to demonstrate that it was written by Jean Renart. The remaining essays in this section are on sixteenth-century texts, often neglected or little-known ones, such as the Bergeries de Juliette by Nicolas de Montreux (Michel Bideaux), or the Avantures de Floride by Beroalde de Verville, which incorporates in fictional form the real-life story of Mademoiselle du Luc, who stabbed her lover when he betrayed her honour (Sylviane Bokdam). Marguerite de Navarre then has a section to herself, with essays covering her religious position in relation to the reformists in the Dialogue en forme de vision nocturne (Marguerite Soulie) and her presentation of the Virgin in the Comedies bibliques (Christine Martineau-Genieys), as well as essays on the Heptameron (Sylvie Lefevre, Gisele Mathieu-Castellani, and Francoise Charpentier) and an unusual account of the works of Marguerite which were in stock in a Parisian bookshop in 1561 (Annie Parent-Charon). …

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