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The Querelle in the Marketplace: Bonaventure Des Periers and the Fishwife's Rhetoric

The Querelle in the Marketplace: Bonaventure Des Periers and the Fishwife's Rhetoric Emily Thompson The Querelle in the Marketplace Bonaventure Des Périers and the Fishwife's Rhetoric Bonaventure Des Périers, a French author of the first half of the sixteenth-century, owes most of his critical acclaim to the Lucianic dialogues entitled Cymbalum Mundi, generally attributed to him. Critics from the sixteenth century onward have found in these cryptic dialogues evidence of many, mutually exclusive, but always sophisticated theological posturings. Even those who accept the common authorship of the Cymbalum Mundi and a collection of tales, Nouvelles Récréations et Joyeux Devis, fail to perceive anything as innovative or unsettling in the latter work. Except for a few critics who have written on the narrative and linguistic aspects of the tales, contemporary readers have dismissed them as belonging to a frivolous genre whose only use to scholars lies in their historical documentation of everyday life. In focusing on one tale from the collection, I hope to suggest that the interest in the tales lies elsewhere, in Des Périers's subtle explorations of literary language, rhetoric, and gendered discourse. At first glance, tale 63 of the Nouvelles Récréations et Joyeux Devis seems to consist simply of an amusing arrangement of commonplace elements from the nouvelle http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png French Forum University of Nebraska Press

The Querelle in the Marketplace: Bonaventure Des Periers and the Fishwife's Rhetoric

French Forum , Volume 29 (3) – Feb 3, 2004

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Emily Thompson The Querelle in the Marketplace Bonaventure Des Périers and the Fishwife's Rhetoric Bonaventure Des Périers, a French author of the first half of the sixteenth-century, owes most of his critical acclaim to the Lucianic dialogues entitled Cymbalum Mundi, generally attributed to him. Critics from the sixteenth century onward have found in these cryptic dialogues evidence of many, mutually exclusive, but always sophisticated theological posturings. Even those who accept the common authorship of the Cymbalum Mundi and a collection of tales, Nouvelles Récréations et Joyeux Devis, fail to perceive anything as innovative or unsettling in the latter work. Except for a few critics who have written on the narrative and linguistic aspects of the tales, contemporary readers have dismissed them as belonging to a frivolous genre whose only use to scholars lies in their historical documentation of everyday life. In focusing on one tale from the collection, I hope to suggest that the interest in the tales lies elsewhere, in Des Périers's subtle explorations of literary language, rhetoric, and gendered discourse. At first glance, tale 63 of the Nouvelles Récréations et Joyeux Devis seems to consist simply of an amusing arrangement of commonplace elements from the nouvelle

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Published: Feb 3, 2004

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