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Winner of the 2016 Northern California Book Award for Translation of Poetry. Honorable Mention for the 2015 Modern Language Association's Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize For Translation of a Literary Work. Marie de France was a medieval poet who was probably born in France and who lived in England during the twelfth century. Prominent among the earliest poets writing in the Winner of the 2016 Northern California Book Award for Translation of Poetry. Honorable Mention for the 2015 Modern Language Association's Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize For Translation of a Literary Work. Marie de France was a medieval poet who was probably born in France and who lived in England during the twelfth century. Prominent among the earliest poets writing in the French vernacular, Marie de France helped shape the style and genres of later medieval poetry. This Norton Critical Edition includes all of Marie's lais (short narrative verse poems); selected fables; and a generous excerpt from Saint Patrick's Purgatory, a long poem based on a well-known medieval legend. Each text is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations. For comparative reading, two lais, "Bisclavret" and "Y�nec," are accompanied by Marie's facing-page originals. Backgrounds and Contexts is thematically organized to provide readers with a clear sense of Marie's inspirations. Topics include "The Supernatural," "Love and Romance," "Medical Traditions," "Fable Sources and Analogues: Similar Themes," and "Purgatory and the Afterlife." Ovid, Chaucer, Andreas Capellanus, Boccaccio, Aristotle, and Bede are among the authors included. From the wealth of scholarly work published on Marie de France, Dorothy Gilbert has chosen excerpts from nine pieces that address issues of history and authorship as well as major themes in the lais, fables, and Saint Patrick's Purgatory. The contributors are Thomas Warton, Abb� Gervais de la Rue, Joseph Bedier, Leo Spitzer, R. Howard Bloch, E. A. Francis, Jill Mann, and Jacques Le Goff. A selected bibliography is also included.


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Winner of the 2016 Northern California Book Award for Translation of Poetry. Honorable Mention for the 2015 Modern Language Association's Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize For Translation of a Literary Work. Marie de France was a medieval poet who was probably born in France and who lived in England during the twelfth century. Prominent among the earliest poets writing in the Winner of the 2016 Northern California Book Award for Translation of Poetry. Honorable Mention for the 2015 Modern Language Association's Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize For Translation of a Literary Work. Marie de France was a medieval poet who was probably born in France and who lived in England during the twelfth century. Prominent among the earliest poets writing in the French vernacular, Marie de France helped shape the style and genres of later medieval poetry. This Norton Critical Edition includes all of Marie's lais (short narrative verse poems); selected fables; and a generous excerpt from Saint Patrick's Purgatory, a long poem based on a well-known medieval legend. Each text is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations. For comparative reading, two lais, "Bisclavret" and "Y�nec," are accompanied by Marie's facing-page originals. Backgrounds and Contexts is thematically organized to provide readers with a clear sense of Marie's inspirations. Topics include "The Supernatural," "Love and Romance," "Medical Traditions," "Fable Sources and Analogues: Similar Themes," and "Purgatory and the Afterlife." Ovid, Chaucer, Andreas Capellanus, Boccaccio, Aristotle, and Bede are among the authors included. From the wealth of scholarly work published on Marie de France, Dorothy Gilbert has chosen excerpts from nine pieces that address issues of history and authorship as well as major themes in the lais, fables, and Saint Patrick's Purgatory. The contributors are Thomas Warton, Abb� Gervais de la Rue, Joseph Bedier, Leo Spitzer, R. Howard Bloch, E. A. Francis, Jill Mann, and Jacques Le Goff. A selected bibliography is also included.

30 review for Marie de France: Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Selena Reiss

    I’ve read Lanval, Yonec, Sir Orfeo, and Chevrefoil. Sir Orfeo is my favorite of them so far. I read these for various classes and I think they’re good precursors to portal fantasy as one of my professors argued, even if I don't love them. I’ve read Lanval, Yonec, Sir Orfeo, and Chevrefoil. Sir Orfeo is my favorite of them so far. I read these for various classes and I think they’re good precursors to portal fantasy as one of my professors argued, even if I don't love them.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Hurwitch

    I only read her twelve lais, but I thoroughly enjoyed them!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Micah Genest

    These are wonderful lais (lays) and fables presented in an entertaining, much closer to the original manuscripts, poetic fashion. Also included, thankfully, are a few of the tales in Anglo-Norman. If you are familiar with middle-English and old-French, they are not difficult to access. This collection of works by Marie de France is more for those looking to get a closer feeling to the poetic form that medieval lais were originally intended to be read. In addition, there are a few essays for contex These are wonderful lais (lays) and fables presented in an entertaining, much closer to the original manuscripts, poetic fashion. Also included, thankfully, are a few of the tales in Anglo-Norman. If you are familiar with middle-English and old-French, they are not difficult to access. This collection of works by Marie de France is more for those looking to get a closer feeling to the poetic form that medieval lais were originally intended to be read. In addition, there are a few essays for context (as well as other interesting texts) including a little information about courtly love, touching from Ovid's view of love and its impact on the medieval understanding of the courtly style, popularly explored by Andreas Capellanus. It is great to see Norton Critical Edition take on Marie de France.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Melvin

    While I'm no expert on Anglo Norman literature, nor do I read the language, I am inclined to agree with those hailing Dorothy Gilbert's translation. She manages to (mostly) preserve Marie's metre and rhyme scheme while capturing the sentiment of late-12th-century literary traditions. The supplemental material is thorough and provides an overall understanding of an obscure corner of literature often ignored by those who aren't students or scholars. I focused on Marie's Lais, her most famous contrib While I'm no expert on Anglo Norman literature, nor do I read the language, I am inclined to agree with those hailing Dorothy Gilbert's translation. She manages to (mostly) preserve Marie's metre and rhyme scheme while capturing the sentiment of late-12th-century literary traditions. The supplemental material is thorough and provides an overall understanding of an obscure corner of literature often ignored by those who aren't students or scholars. I focused on Marie's Lais, her most famous contribution, chiefly because--should my conference proposal be accepted--I'll be composing an in-depth analysis of "Lanval" as well as other lesser-known entries. Nonetheless, her Fables are an interesting read, second only perhaps to the great Aesop. St. Patrick's Purgatory, the final entry, is also worth a deep dive. Were I reviewing for only my ilk, I would award 5/5 stars, but I've deducted one because the texts would probably not spark the interest of the general reading population. A far cry from contemporary fiction, the tales here rely heavily on the supernatural and stress the courtly nature and good standing of its heroes and heroines, a shorthand for virtue in Marie's day that no longer works in the 21st century. Their minimalist presentation and the verse form feels archaic when compared with today's output. Nonetheless, for those readers looking to learn a little about medieval literature, courtly love affairs, or proto-feminist offerings, this book is a great starting point. Marie was one of only a handful of women who published at the time, and her narratives are often a fresh departure from the hyper-masculine texts in circulation contemporaneously. Of course, even a forward-thinking woman like Marie was still unable to completely break away from the patriarchal norms of her day, and many of her lais are complicated by this notion. I could say more on this, but why give away all the finer points of next year's potential presentation?

  5. 5 out of 5

    aya

    (only read some of the stories)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    "Dame, I become a Bisclavret" "Dame, I become a Bisclavret"

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

  8. 5 out of 5

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  11. 4 out of 5

    cathedralwindow85 of BRISEIS, LLC

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    Rafael Pena

  13. 5 out of 5

    Miles Smith

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    Jeffrey Noyes

  15. 4 out of 5

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  29. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

  30. 5 out of 5

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