The «Wisdom Text» by a Catalan Writer of the Early Renaissance
Notes Foreword 1. Martí de Riquer provides the essential orientation on March’s life and works (Història de la literatura catalana 2: 471–568). For a sketch of the poet’s life especially in terms of his outstanding career and far-reaching inﬂ uence, see Archer, Th e Pervasive Image: Th e Role of Analogy in the Poetry of Ausiàs March 1–22, and Cocozzella, “Salient Trends in Ausiàs March Criticism: Toward a Holistic Approach.” Th e most authoritative biography of Ausiàs March is found in Jaume Chiner Gimeno’s Ausiàs March i la València del segle XV (1400– 1459). Very handy is the updated overview of March’s biography provided by Costanzo Di Girolamo (Nota informativa / noticia biográﬁ ca). On the basis of recently discovered evidence, Chiner Gimeno proposes convincingly the year 1400 and the city of Valencia for March’s date and place of birth. Chiner Gimeno lays to rest the previous widely accepted belief that March was born in Gandia (a town in the vicinities of Valencia) in 1397 (“1997, any March? ” 14). See, also: Ausiàs March y las literaturas de su época, ed. Lourdes Sánchez Rodríguez, and Enrique J. Nogueras Valdivieso; and Ausiàs March (1400–1459): premier poète en langue catalane, ed. Georges Martin, and Marie-Claire Zimmermann. 2. Barthes describes the “Text,” poignantly labeled with a capital letter, as “a methodological ﬁ eld . . . experienced only in an activity, a production” and as “always paradoxical” (75). Bar- thes puts forth the notion...
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