Marie de France: Poetry (Norton Critical Editions) (Paperback)

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By Marie de France, Dorothy Gilbert (Editor), Dorothy Gilbert (Translated by)
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Marie de France’s beautiful poems of courtly love, enchantment, and mystery are now available in a Norton Critical Edition.


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 “Yönec,” 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, Abbé 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.



About the Author


Dorothy Gilbert has served on the faculties of the University of California at Davis, Mills College, Merritt College, and the California State University, East Bay; since retiring from the California State University, she has taught in the Fall Program for Freshmen at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition, she has long been secretary of the West Coast branch of PEN, the writers' international advocacy organization. Her publications include a verse translation of Chrétien de Troyes' Erec et Enide, the first known Arthurian romance; verse translations of Old French fabliaux and Old English heroic poetry; original poetry in the New Yorker, the Nation, the Iowa Review, PEN Southern Lights Anthology, the online publications Persimmon Tree and Tattoo Highway, and numerous other journals. She has also published science fiction. Her reviews and articles have appeared in Women's Studies, Translation Review, and elsewhere.

Dorothy Gilbert has served on the faculties of the University of California at Davis, Mills College, Merritt College, and the California State University, East Bay; since retiring from the California State University, she has taught in the Fall Program for Freshmen at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition, she has long been secretary of the West Coast branch of PEN, the writers' international advocacy organization. Her publications include a verse translation of Chrétien de Troyes' Erec et Enide, the first known Arthurian romance; verse translations of Old French fabliaux and Old English heroic poetry; original poetry in the New Yorker, the Nation, the Iowa Review, PEN Southern Lights Anthology, the online publications Persimmon Tree and Tattoo Highway, and numerous other journals. She has also published science fiction. Her reviews and articles have appeared in Women's Studies, Translation Review, and elsewhere.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393932683
ISBN-10: 0393932680
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: October 23rd, 2015
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: Norton Critical Editions