This book focuses on the role of represented speech in four short story collections from fifteenth- and sixteenth-century France: the anymous Evangiles des queuilles; Martial d'Auvergne's Arrets d'Amour; Marguerite de Navarre's Heptameron; and Noel Du Fail's Propos rustiques. As a study of the narrative staging of the acts of storytelling and conversing, it raises issues of orality, aurality, and literacy, as well as of the processes of textual production, transmission, and reception. In addition, the conversational frame of these short story collections deliberately sets up questions about the accessibility and reliability of truth. While these collections claim to enter upon the path toward universal truth, the difficulty of such an enterprise is revealed through their very narrative structure, where the polyphony of opposing voices and divergent opinions is engaged by the very acts of conversation and storytelling themselves.
The Author: Kathleen Loysen is Assistant Professor of French at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She received her Ph.D. in French literature from New York University. She is currently working on a study of storytelling practices and rites of social exchange in early modern France.
Peter Lang Publishing Inc
Date of Publication
Currents in Comparative Romance Languages & Literatures