By Logan E. Whalen

After approximately 8 centuries and lots more and plenty study and writing on Marie de France, the one biographical details we all know approximately her, with any measure of walk in the park, is that she used to be from France and wrote for the Anglo-Angevin courtroom of Henry II. but Marie de France continues to be at the present time essentially the most well-liked literary voices of the tip of the twelfth century and used to be the 1st girl of letters to write down in French. The chapters during this booklet are composed by way of students who've really good in Marie de France experiences, usually for a few years. delivering conventional perspectives along new serious views, the authors talk about many various facets of her poetics.

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48 These opening and closing passages are significant to Marie’s poetics because they take up again the same rhetorical techniques as those found in the General Prologue to the Lais and in the prologue to the first lai, Guigemar. 46 For a clear and concise summary of the complex literary tradition of the Old French Isopets, see Hans R. Runte, “Fable (Isopet),” in Medieval France, ed. Kibler and Zinn, pp. 331–32. , 1998), pp. 1–18. The discussion in this section owes much to my Poetics of Memory, ch.

Michael J. Curley (New York, 1993). 55 For further discussion on Marie de France’s and the monk of Saltrey’s versions, see Mickel, Marie de France, pp. 41–49. 56 For descriptions of this manuscript, see Pontfarcy, Espurgatoire, pp. , Das Buch vom Espurgatoire S. Patrice der Marie de France und seine Quelle (Halle, 1938), p. ” 57 For dating the Espurgatoire, see Bruckner, “Marie de France,” in Medieval France, ed. Kibler and Zinn; Mickel, Marie de France, p. 41; and Pontfarcy, Espurgatoire, pp. 4–10.

3), Lanval (v. 4), Les Deus Amanz (v. 4), Laüstic (v. 2), and Eliduc (v. 1), and in the epilogues to Equitan (v. 312), Lanval (v. 642), Les Deus Amanz (v. 244), Laüstic (v. 159), and Eliduc (v. 1182). the prologues and the epilogues of marie de france 17 He further observes that Marie uses the term lai or lais in each of the 12 prologues,38 demonstrating that the oral version of the genre existed before her time and that she understood what it represented. Guigemar, the first lai after the General Prologue in Harley 978, opens with a prologue constructed according to the same rhetorical plan as the larger prologue that precedes it.

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