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Marguerite de Navarre’s Rewriting of the Courtly Dialogue: Speaking of Love in La Coche

Marguerite de Navarre’s Rewriting of the Courtly Dialogue: Speaking of Love in La Coche <p>Abstract:</p><p>Staging a debate between three ladies who lament their ill-fated experiences in courtly love and unite in a female <i>amitié d’alliance</i> with Neoplatonic overtones, Marguerite de Navarre’s dialogized poem <i>La Coche</i>, her only secular poem of a substantial length, largely imitates medieval debate poetry such as the <i>débat</i>, <i>dit</i>, or <i>jugement</i>, as written for instance by Alain Chartier and Christine de Pizan. While critics have identified Marguerite’s innovative treatment of gender issues in <i>La Coche</i> and have pointed to her rewriting of courtly love’s conventional paradigms into an idealized female friendship, the text’s dialogical form has not yet been fully taken into account. This article shows that in order to cast her gendered love casuistry most effectively Marguerite not only turns toward poetic dialogue as inspired by her late medieval predecessors, but also emulates the mimetic capacities of popular Italian courtly dialogues, such as in particular Bembo’s <i>Asolani</i>, a text mostly overlooked as a source but that could likely have been an important intertext for <i>La Coche</i>. This article argues that <i>La Coche</i> is Marguerite’s deliberate attempt to conflate the poetics of the medieval <i>débat</i> with those of Renaissance dialogue in order to propose a gendered alternative to the rigid rhetorical (Ciceronian) and dialectical (Neoplatonic) conventions of male-authored Italian Renaissance models of <i>ragionamento amoroso</i>, and create an authentic French love dialogue by female voices only.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png French Forum University of Nebraska Press

Marguerite de Navarre’s Rewriting of the Courtly Dialogue: Speaking of Love in La Coche

French Forum , Volume 42 (3) – Aug 17, 2018

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<p>Abstract:</p><p>Staging a debate between three ladies who lament their ill-fated experiences in courtly love and unite in a female <i>amitié d’alliance</i> with Neoplatonic overtones, Marguerite de Navarre’s dialogized poem <i>La Coche</i>, her only secular poem of a substantial length, largely imitates medieval debate poetry such as the <i>débat</i>, <i>dit</i>, or <i>jugement</i>, as written for instance by Alain Chartier and Christine de Pizan. While critics have identified Marguerite’s innovative treatment of gender issues in <i>La Coche</i> and have pointed to her rewriting of courtly love’s conventional paradigms into an idealized female friendship, the text’s dialogical form has not yet been fully taken into account. This article shows that in order to cast her gendered love casuistry most effectively Marguerite not only turns toward poetic dialogue as inspired by her late medieval predecessors, but also emulates the mimetic capacities of popular Italian courtly dialogues, such as in particular Bembo’s <i>Asolani</i>, a text mostly overlooked as a source but that could likely have been an important intertext for <i>La Coche</i>. This article argues that <i>La Coche</i> is Marguerite’s deliberate attempt to conflate the poetics of the medieval <i>débat</i> with those of Renaissance dialogue in order to propose a gendered alternative to the rigid rhetorical (Ciceronian) and dialectical (Neoplatonic) conventions of male-authored Italian Renaissance models of <i>ragionamento amoroso</i>, and create an authentic French love dialogue by female voices only.</p>

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French ForumUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Aug 17, 2018

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