Citation, Intertextuality and Memory in the Middle Ages and Renaissance volume 1

BookCitation, Intertextuality and Memory in the Middle Ages and Renaissance volume 1

Citation, Intertextuality and Memory in the Middle Ages and Renaissance volume 1

Text, Music and Image from Machaut to Ariosto

Exeter Studies in Medieval Europe


July 22nd, 2011

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From the Middle Ages onwards, writers, artists and composers became self-consciously aware of the vast potential for external references to enrich their works. By evoking canonical texts and their producers from the distant or more recent past, authors demonstrated their respect for tradition while showcasing their own merits. In so doing they also manipulated the memory of their readers. This volume represents a multidisciplinary approach to the themes of citation and intertextual play. It is also an exploration of the role of memory in the cultural production of the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance. The essays investigate work by renowned authors, composers and artists, as well as less familiar sources, from France, England and Italy.

Butterfield and Palti provide wonderful and complementary reflections on English lyric...Collectively, these studies show how varied and dynamic an author/artist’s engagement with traditions and predecessors, as with reader/viewers, can be...Readers will find much to admire in the insightful essays gathered in this volume.

Daisy Delogu, Speculum 91/4

Author Information

Yolanda Plumley is Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Exeter and Reader in Medieval Music and Culture. Giuliano Di Bacco is Research Fellow in Medieval Studies at the University of Exeter. Stefano Jossa is Lecturer in Italian at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page4
Copyright Page5
List of Illustrations8
1 Translation and Parody: Responses to Machaut’s Lay de confort18
2 Folie Couvient avoir: Citation and Transformation in Machaut’s Musical Works—Gender Change and Transgression32
3 the Construction of textual Form: Cross-Lingual Citation in the Medieval Insular Lyric58
4 Examples, References and Quotations in Sixteenth-Century Medical Texts75
5 Auctores and Auctoritas in the Preface to Angelo Poliziano’s Miscellaneorum centuria prima91
6 Classical Memory and Modern Poetics in Ariosto’s Orlando furioso100
7 ‘The Beginning is the End’: Guillaume de Machaut’s Illuminated Prologue113
8 The Power of Image: Allusion and Intertextuality in illuminated English law Books130
9 self-Allusion and the Poetics of Metafictionality in Guillaume de Machaut’s Voir dit144
10 Representations of Voices in Middle English Lyrics158
11 Memory and Heresy: the Perception of the Hussite Reformation in Fifteenth-Century Tuscany176
12 Machaut Sighted in Modena187
13 image, Memory and Judgement: on ambrogio lorenzetti’s Good Government Frescoes and his Allegory of Redemption207
Index of Names283