Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Le Liriche del Trovatore Guilhem De la Tor

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Le Liriche del Trovatore Guilhem De la Tor

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Le liriche deltrovatore Guilhem de la Tor, ed. Antonella Negri (Soveria Mannelli (Catanzaro): Rubbettino Editore Srl, 2006). 240 pp. ISBN 88-498-1597-2. euro16.00. The previous major edition of the poems of this troubadour goes back to 1934 and to the work of Ferruccio Blasi (Geneva). For its time, it was sufficiendy clear and unambiguous to satisfy scholars, containing an edition based on all the MSS available at the time, a critical apparatus, and a translation. In the meantime, scholars in the field have, in all aspects of the edition of troubadour poetry, taken on board the considerations of theorists such as Catach (in Les Editions critiques: Problemes techniques et editoriaux, Paris, 1988), and this has meant the application of stringent methodologies and a resulting gain (most of the time) in our understanding of the transmission of the poetry through the MSS.

Antonella Negri's edition is no exception, and the poetry is examined in all its aspects, both the standing and status of individual MSS and considerations of a historical nature, which are of great importance where this troubadour is concerned. The introduction considers the art of this troubadour, insisting on metre and rhyme schemes as well as the major themes which are exposed in the poetry. Then, there is an examination of the person known as Guilhem de la Tor in his relationship with his contemporaries, and this leads directly into the many notes attached to the poems relating to the historical references. Since some of the poems which have been assigned to Guilhem de la Tor are disputed, the controversial ones have attracted a detailed study, and, as with Blasi's edition, they have all been included. …

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