Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Jean Froissart: 'La Prison Amoureuse' ('the Prison of Love')

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Jean Froissart: 'La Prison Amoureuse' ('the Prison of Love')

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Jean Froissart: `La Prison amoureuse' (`The Prison of Love), ed. and trans. Laurence de Looze, Garland Library of Medieval Literature A 96 (New York and London: Garland, 1994). xxxii + 261 pp. ISBN 0-8153-0329-7. $44.00.

This new edition and translation of La Prison amoureuse is clearly aimed at the comparative-studies market. Its text and apparatus of variants and rejected readings are virtually identical to those of Fourrier (Paris, 1974), which is by no means surprising, so that it is only the Introduction, translation and notes that are of significant interest. However, the edition is not always so careful as Fourrier's, and punctuation is often less convincing. For instance, the interpretation of lines 269-71 is faulty, requiring a semi-colon or colon after line 270, and the translation consequently erroneous. The Introduction follows the standard pattern for the Garland series, beginning with a summary of the poet's life, but adding nothing new. The `Artistic achievement' and `Sources and influences' sections look at the question of the literariness of Froissart's composition, relating it to the tradition of Machaut's writing, especially in the Voir Dit. In this the editor adopts the views of Sylvia Huot (From Song to Book, Cornell University Press, 1987) and Clair Nouvet (Neophilologus, 1986), yet maintains that the final 'Lay' addressed to the Virgin in Le Joli Buisson de Jonece shoud be read autobiographically and not as part of the debate on creativity and interpretation initiated by the glossing and false Ovidian trails established in La Prison. Unfortunately Laurence de Looze seems unaware of the present writer's article (MLR, 1991) where this is discussed. …

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