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Aucassin et Nicolete

The Poetry of Gender and Growing Up in the French Middle Ages

Roger Pensom

This book has two aims: to introduce new readers to the riches of Old French storytelling and the culture from which it arose and, secondly, to suggest a way out of the impasse apparent in current criticism of Aucassin et Nicolete. Each chapter of the book begins with an English version of a section of the Old French text. This is followed by an analysis of the corresponding passage of the original text using the English version as a point of reference. Many of the text's poetic structures survive translation and it is in these that the discussion finds its point of departure.
Contents: A reading of the text with special attention to the relation between its poetic/narrative structures and its representations of the processes which give rise to social and personal identity.