From Poetry to Prose in Old Provencal: The Emergence of the Vidas, the Razos, and Razos De Trobar

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In this highly technical study, Elizabeth Poe explores the development of both 'vidas' or troubadour biographies, and the lyric 'razos' as outgrowths of the preexisting troubadour poetry. Her study discusses the relationship of these new prose forms to the grammar manuals that appeared at the same time. Although most of the authors of the vidas and razos are unknown to the modern reader, it is routinely assumed that they were either the jongleurs who presented the lyrics in peformance or the scribes who copied the lyrics into the chansonniers. Since the vidas and razos probably do not represent the persepctive of the poety, but rather the perspective of an audience who was increasingly removed from the circumstances of composition, Elizabeth Poe looks to contemporary prose poetics for an additional perspective on the theme of her work. Of particular interest is the concluding chapter on the relationship between Provencal poetry and Dante's Vita Nuova.

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Elizabeth Poe (Ph.D. Princeton) is Professor of French Studies (Medieval) at Tulane University, New Orleans. Her interests include troubadour poetry, Occitan narrative, textual transmission, and manuscript studies. Within the Old French literary domain, she has worked on the lais of Marie de France, the fabliaux, and the salut d'amour. She is currently engaged in a project on medieval Occitan grammars. She has published two books: From Poetry to Prose in Old Proven├žal (1986) and Compilatio: Lyric Texts and Prose Commentary in Troubadour Manuscript H (2000).

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...Dr. Poe has provided a unique documentation of the Provencal transition from poetry to prose and of Dante's crystalization of that transition. This elegant study is one of the few that must occupy that very small shelf of works considered indispensable to Provencal scholars, students of medieval prose narrative, and all readers of Dante. --Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies

...P(oe)'s work not only offers a unified concept to account for the relatedness of Old Provencal lyric to its satellite prose geners, but it also gives specific reasoned interpretations that are worth reading for their own sake. --Romance Philology

...P(oe)'s work not only offers a unified concept to account for the relatedness of Old Provencal lyric to its satellite prose geners, but it also gives specific reasoned interpretations that are worth reading for their own sake. --Romance Philology

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