Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Pèlerinage Allegories of Guillaume De Deguileville: Tradition, Authority and Influence

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Pèlerinage Allegories of Guillaume De Deguileville: Tradition, Authority and Influence

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The Pèlerinage Allegories of Guillaume de Deguileville: Tradition, Authority and Influence, ed. Marco Nievergelt and Stephanie A. Viereck Gibbs Kamath, Gallica 32 (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2013). xvi + 227 pp. ISBN 978-1-84384-334-4. £60.00. The meticulously footnoted introduction sets the tone for the rest of this well-researched and detailed volume. Focusing on the key notion of 'response', the collection consists of nine essays roughly organized into three thematic sections, each dealing with a nuanced aspect of the ways in which Deguileville's Pèlerinage allegories have been adapted, commented on, translated, illustrated, and circulated. The volume is neatly bookended by complementary approaches to Dante, with the first essay examining the intriguing possibility that the Commedia's place in Italian literature and Dante's prestige as authorial figure left no need for an Italian translation of Deguileville's works, and the last essay taking its cue from the novel idea that Dante's influence on Old Croatian poetry has hitherto been overstated. …

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