Academic journal article Medium Aevum

'Sottes Chansons Contre Amours': Parodie et Burlesque Au Moyen ÂGe

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

'Sottes Chansons Contre Amours': Parodie et Burlesque Au Moyen ÂGe

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'Sottes chansons contre Amours': Parodie et burlesque au Moyen Age, ed. and trans. Eglal DossQuinby, Marie-Geneviève Grossei, and Samuel N. Rosenberg (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2010). 248 pp. ISBN 978-2-7453-1996-8. euro50.00. This edition and study of the sottes chansons is the first since that of Arthur Lângfors (1945), offering an analysis, and also a careful edition and elegant parallel translation into modern French of these fairly understudied texts (previous studies in which the genre was acknowledged at all had focused mainly on the fatrasie). The collection includes all known surviving sottes chansons-. a lone poem by Robert de Reims, nicknamed 'La Chièvre', as well as the twenty-eight chansons compiled in two known manuscripts, Oxford, Bodleian library, MS Douce 308 (twenty-two chansons, of which four have survived only by their incipit, and another four with lacunae) and Paris, BnF, fr. 24432 (six chansons).

Defined by the editors as a 'contre-texte lyrique dont le comique parodique permet de sub vertir le Grand Chant tout en le célébrant' (p. 25), the sotte chanson is a parodie genre dating back to the thirteenth century and popular in the late medieval Puys of northern France. …

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