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The Voice of the Trobairitz: Perspectives on the Women Troubadours

Paden, William D., Ed

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ISBN 10: 0812281675 / ISBN 13: 9780812281675
Published by Univ of Pennsylvania Pr, Baltimore, 1989
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: The Voice of the Trobairitz: Perspectives on...

Publisher: Univ of Pennsylvania Pr, Baltimore

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

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During the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, southern France witnessed first a burgeoning, then a decline in the poetry of women troubadours—trobairitz. These women stood both within and outside the troubadour tradition, so their work is interesting for social and literary-historical reasons as well as for its aesthetic merit. Many of their twenty-eight surviving poems are love songs in which the trobairitz expresses her desire with a freshness that places her in startling contrast with the speechless, unresponsive lady depicted in the poetry of male troubadours.

The Voice of the Trobairitz includes eleven original studies by leading scholars in America and Europe. Approaching the trobairitz from varying perspectives, the authors ask such questions as: which poems are properly attributed to the women? Which poetic forms and techniques did they employ? Is there a distinctive feminine rhetoric in the poems, and do they attempt to mold the role offered them by the troubadours or do they subside into passivity? Paden's introduction describes the historical context of the trobairitz, and he includes a checklist of the poems, a meticulous bibliography, and an index.

The Voice of the Trobairitz will be a valuable resource for all medieval scholars and students and for those interested in ' women's history.

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William D. Paden is Professor Emeritus of French at Northwestern University. He is editor of The Medieval Pastourelle and coeditor of Poems of the Troubadour Bertran de Born.

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