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Songbook How Lyrics Became Poetry in Medieval Europe by Marisa Galvez
  

Songbook How Lyrics Became Poetry in Medieval Europe

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Songbook How Lyrics Became Poetry in Medieval Europe by Marisa Galvez

Today we usually think of a book of poems as composed by a poet, rather than assembled or adapted by a network of poets and readers. But the earliest European vernacular poetries challenge these assumptions. Medieval songbooks remind us how lyric poetry was once communally produced and received - a collaboration of artists, performers, live audiences, and readers stretching across languages and societies. The only comparative study of its kind, Songbook treats what poetry was before the emergence of the modern category poetry : that is, how vernacular songbooks of the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries shaped our modern understanding of poetry by establishing expectations of what is a poem, what is a poet, and what is lyric poetry itself. Marisa Galvez analyzes the seminal songbooks representing the vernacular traditions of Occitan, Middle High German, and Castilian, and tracks the process by which the songbook emerged from the original performance contexts of oral publication, into a medium for preservation, and, finally, into an established literary object. At a time when medievalists are reassessing the historical foundations of their field and especially the national literary canons established in the nineteenth century, a new examination of the songbook's role in several vernacular traditions is more relevant than ever.

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A book distinguished not only by clarity of presentation and learning but also by impressive comparative scope. (Speculum) Songbook is written in an eloquent, confident, elegant style, clearly argued and exceptionally well designed and edited. (Times Literary Supplement)


About the Author

Marisa Galvez is assistant professor of French at Stanford University.

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Book Info

Publication date

10th July 2015

Author

Marisa Galvez

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Publisher

University of Chicago Press an imprint of The University of Chicago Press

Format

Paperback
293 pages

Categories

Literary studies: poetry & poets
Literary studies: classical, early & medieval

ISBN

9780226270050

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