Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Froissart across the Genres

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Froissart across the Genres

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Froissart across the Genres, ed. Donald Maddox and Sara Sturm-Maddox (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1998). 257 pp.; 12 plates. ISBN 0-8130-1619-3. L40.95. This volume derives from papers given at a colloquium in Amherst in 1995, with an introduction by the editors summarizing the contents and a useful index. The volume is arranged 'thematically', although some of the sections contain only one item. Three essays dealing with the Chroniques (Elspeth Kennedy, `The Prose Lancelot, Geoffroy de Charny and Froissart'; John M. Fyler, `Froissart and Chaucer'; Lawrence Harf-Lancner, `Image and propaganda') are divorced not only from each other but from Peter Ainsworth's `Patterns of transmission in the Chronique.r' (as much concerned with reception as Harf-Lancner or Kennedy), George T. Diller's `Froissart's 1389 travel to Bearn' (very closely linked by theme and matter to Fyler), and Charles T. Wood's `Froissart and the Peasants' Revolt of 1381'. In the chapters on the dits William W. Kibler revisits old debates concerning the Joli Buisson de jonece (which Kibler unfortunately mistranslates as `Youth's Pretty Bush, and Keith Busby gives an interesting analysis of the thematics of enclosure across the whole range of Froissart's lyric and lyrico-narrative output. …

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