Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Cercamon: OEuvre Poétique

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Cercamon: OEuvre Poétique

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Cercamon: OEuvre poétique., édition critique bilingue avec introduction, notes et glossaire par Luciano Rossi, Classiques français du Moyen Age 161 (Paris: Honoré Champion Éditeur, 2009). 3 67 pp. ISBN 978-2-7453-1822-0. euro2 3.00. The works of the troubadour Cercamon demonstrate the diversity of genres present in the earliest period of the literary history of Medieval Occitan: the vers, which precedes the canso., the sirventes, the tenso, and the planh. According to the vidas he also composed pastorelas, but, if they existed, they are not extant. He is from Gascony, and Marcabru learned his art in the escola of Cercamon. The identity hidden behind the pseudonym cerca-mon/ ' cerc-amon has not attracted the attention of the specialists in the field, given the circular approach to the noms de plume of singers (cantaires)., whose origins were more likely noble or clerical. This device is intent on blurring the function of thejog/ar, who was anything but, and the poet, at one and the same time the master and the humble lover, theorist, and interpreter not only of a feudal and poetic tradition, but also of the theological debate running at the end of the eleventh and the beginning of the twelfth centuries. Previously, the most serious publication embodying an edition of the works of Cercamon was that of Valeria Tortórete (Modena, 1981). However, this new enterprise has the considerable advantage of a weighty introduction, taking into account all aspects of the work of Cercamon and, in particular, the influence of this troubadour on the Occitan tradition. …

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