Criticism: Troubadours And Women - Essay

E. Jane Burns (essay date spring 1985)

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

SOURCE: Burns, E. Jane. “The Man behind the Lady in Troubadour Lyric.” Romance Notes 25, no. 3 (spring 1985): 254-70.

[In the following essay, Burns explores the irreconcilable roles played by the troubadour lady and the ambivalent poet-lover.]

“La femme est fatalement suggestive; elle vit d'une autre vie que la sienne propre; elle vit spirituellement dans les imaginations qu'elle hante et qu'elle féconde.”

Charles Baudelaire, Les Paradis artificiels, dédicace

In a little-known essay of 1947, Dorothy Sayers speaks wistfully of the exceptional man who never treated the “opposite...

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Joan M. Ferrante (essay date 1989)

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

SOURCE: Ferrante, Joan M. “Notes toward the Study of a Female Rhetoric in the Trobairitz.” In The Voice of the Trobairitz: Perspectives on the Women Troubadours, edited by William D. Paden, pp. 63-72. Philadelphia, Penn.: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1989.

[In the following essay, Ferrante analyzes differences between troubadour poetry written by women and that written by men.]

Is there a female rhetoric in the poetry of the trobairitz? When I first considered this question, I expected the answer to be no. But when I went over the material I had collected in order to begin to answer the question, I discovered that the answer seemed to be yes, albeit a hesitant...

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Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner (essay date 1995)

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)

SOURCE: Bruckner, Matilda Tomaryn. Introduction to Songs of the Women Troubadours, edited and translated by Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner, Laurie Shepard, and Sarah White, pp. xi-xlvii. New York: Garland Publishing, 1995.

[In the following essay, Bruckner discusses how the trobairitz altered the prevailing poetic system that was largely shaped by males.]

This collection assembles twenty named women poets and a selection of anonymous domnas, names and voices derived from poems, rubrics, vidas (biographies) and razos (commentaries) recorded in manuscripts of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. If they are only twenty or so among more than four...

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