Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Saint Alexis, Genèse De Sa Légende et De la Vie Française: Revisions et Nouvelles Propositions. Accompagnées D'une Nouvelle éDition Critique De la Vie

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Saint Alexis, Genèse De Sa Légende et De la Vie Française: Revisions et Nouvelles Propositions. Accompagnées D'une Nouvelle éDition Critique De la Vie

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Maurizio Perugi, Saint Alexis, genèse de sa légende et de la Vie française: revisions et nouvelles propositions. Accompagnées d'une nouvelle édition critique de la Vie, Publications romanes et françaises 262 (Geneva: Droz, 2014). 799 pp. ISBN 978-2-600-01792-3. CHF 71.80. The Vie de Saint Alexis, usually dated about 1120, is an invaluable testimony of the earliest romance literary culture as well as, after the ground-breaking 1897 edition by Gaston Paris and the seminal essays by Gianfranco Contini, a privileged object for reflection on philological method. Maurizio Perugi published his first critical edition of the earliest and most puzzling version, in five-line decasyllabic stanzas, in 2000. That became a significant point in the subsequent debate, animated among others by Perugi himself and by François Zufferey (but see also, at least, the review by Madeleine Tyssens, Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, 121 and the mise au point by Tony Hunt in Chrystina of Markyate: A TwelfthCentury Holy Woman, ed. S. Fanous and H. Leyser, London, 2005). This new contribution shows a substantial widening in Perugi's interpretative approach. The object of the current research is the Western dissemination of Alexis' legend as a whole, casting the Old French literary production in the very diverse landscape of medieval literary culture, both in the diachronic and synchronic dimension. …

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