The «Wisdom Text» by a Catalan Writer of the Early Renaissance
Foreword Th e present monograph stems from a close reading of the works of Fra Fran- cesc Moner, born at the end of 1462 or the beginning of 1463 in Perpignan, the capital of the Pyrenean heartland of Catalonia. Moner, who in his late twenties decided to join the Franciscan order, established his reputation as a writer in the literary circles of Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia proper, in a very short time span—roughly from the mid-1480s to 1492, the year of his premature death. As we can see, Moner did not reach the age of thirty. In these pages I should like to proﬁ le the stature of Moner as a worthy heir of Ausiàs March, the nonpareil lyricist, whose career ﬂ ourished in his na- tive Valencia in the ﬁ rst half of the ﬁ fteenth century.1 Not unlike March, our Fra Francesc engages in an engrossing meditation on the phenomenology of love. I will try to show how Moner, even while following in the footsteps of the Valencian bard, does not fail to make a distinctive contribution to the love- centered literature of the post-troubadour era. Th e aim of my analysis is to gain an insight into the process by which Moner assimilates the wide variety of components that a multifarious tradition makes available to his resourceful bilingualism. Indeed, his extant production CocozzellaPeter.indd ix 12/31/09 8:21:21 PM x Fra Francesc Moner’s Bilingual Poetics of Love and Reason attests to his proﬁ ciency not only in...
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