Academic journal article Medium Aevum

A 'Narbona': Studio Sulle 'Tornadas' Trobadoriche

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

A 'Narbona': Studio Sulle 'Tornadas' Trobadoriche

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Edoardo Vallet, ^-4 'Narbona'; studio suae 'tornados1 ' irobadoricbe (Alessandria: Edizioni dell'Orso, 2010). 1 96 pp. ISBN 978-88-6274-244-3. euro16.00. This study of the tornadah divided into four chapters, 'Forma', 'Struttura', 'Contenuto', 'Natura', which examine in detail the formal structure and development, the subject matter of the poem on which the tornada relies, and how it reflects or varies from that essential matter. The last of the chapters describing its nature lifts the study of the term out of the strict field of troubadour poetry, and looks at the first mention of the word tornada to mean an abbreviated or truncated stanza (the terminology of two anglophone scholars) in the Catalan domain, both poetic and didactic. This chapter then surveys alternative designations, and how they vie with each other. …

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