"What Becomes of Tristan and Yseut in the Renaissance?" | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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"What Becomes of Tristan and Yseut in the Renaissance?"

November 30, 2010 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Jane Taylor (Durham University, UK)

French & Italian, History of Art & Architecture, and Women's Studies

In this talk, Professor Taylor will argue that Jean Maugin's Nouveau Tristan (1554) marks a shift from courtly devotion to ironic flirtation.

Maugin turns the courtly love between Tristan and Iseut into what the seventeenth century called “galanterie”: that is, an ironic and literary aesthetic that emphasizes skill with words rather than true devotion.


Professor Taylor's current research focuses on three topics: the late-medieval French lyric; Arthurian romances and how they are translated, adapted, and rewritten in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries; and the rewritings of François Villon's poetry in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in France and in England. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Reims and has been President of the International Arthurian Society. She is the author of many books, including The Making of Poetry: Late-Medieval French Poetic Anthologies

(2007) and The Poetry of François Villon: Text and Context (2001). Along with Lesley Smith, Taylor has edited several important volumes on women and the book, including Women and the Book: Assessing the Evidence (1997), Women, the Book and the Godly (1995), and Women, the Book and the Worldly (1995).


For more information, visit www.medren.pitt.edu.

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