Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Le Discours Sur le Voyage Chez Les éCrivains De la Fin Du Moyen ÂGe

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Le Discours Sur le Voyage Chez Les éCrivains De la Fin Du Moyen ÂGe

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Caroline Prud'Homme, Le Discours sur le voyage che% les écrivains de la fin du Moyen Age, Essais sur le Moyen Age 54 (Paris: Editions Honoré Champion, 2012). 296 pp. ISBN 978-2-7453-2372-9. euro80.00.

In this detailed survey of relevant works by Froissart and Deschamps, Caroline Prud'Homme examines what she describes as the discourse of travel in the later Middle Ages. Prud'Homme focuses on texts in which a detailed travel experience is recounted in a genre other than the travel narrative. Such texts contain a metadiscursive dimension and stage the character of the author as a central figure. Her study also deals with elements not direcdy related to the experience of travelling. The author defines her book as a first step towards a more detailed, complex study of this subgenre of travel literature, which she suggests has been largely ignored by critics. Her method is based on close reading and on situating texts in their historical context. The corpus comprises a selection of Deschamps's poetry, Froissart's Voyage en Béarn and Voyage en Angleterre from his Chroniques, and his Dit dou florin. The study focuses on the representation of space, encounter with the Other, and the figure of the writer as traveller.

In the first section, Prud'Homme examines Deschamps's adieux, poems on the Flanders campaigns, and on travel anecdotes to establish the characteristics of the discourse of travel in his work. She demonstrates that the interest of the adieux lies in their play between a variety of conventions (register of bonne vie, laudatio urbum, etc.) and personal experience. Deschamps's poetry on the Flemish Wars is shown to create a negative description of the Flemish and life on campaign leading into an explicit request for remedial benefits. His circumstantial poems dealing with non-military journeys similarly present the journey in its physical reality, leading to requests to patrons or moral lessons. Centring on Deschamps's personal experiences, these poems condemn any foreign climates or customs that differ from French ones. For Deschamps, it is argued, the journey is always an opportunity to evoke an idealized France. …

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