Les échos de la "Comédie" dans le "Chemin de Long Estude" de Christine de Pizan

Authors: Décloître, Raphaëlle
Advisor: Salamon, AnneMoran, Patrick
Abstract: While she is standing in front of Mount Parnassus, the narrator of the Chemin the Long Estude by Christine de Pizan says she recognizes the place for having already read about it in Dante’s book. This statement is surprising considering the near absence of the Comedy in the French literature of the late Middle Ages. The critical tradition has tended to see it as the claim of a mimetic project, where Christine de Pizan’s poem would be an attempt to imitate the Comedy. But the multiple references to Dante’s work in the French poem bear on the contrary witness to an important work of appropriation, systematically putting the emphasis on the acquisition of knowledge and on being part of an intellectual tradition. More than proposing a census, this thesis wishes to study the various presences of Dante’s Comedy in the Chemin de Long Estude as well as to include them in a network. This leads to considering not only the work of Christine de Pizan in its entirety, but also the literary context of the late Middle Ages. In the first case, the references to Dante inform about the general project of the work, while the Italian poem, more than representing an ideal to imitate, shows how knowledge can bring order, alongside Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy and the Chemin de Long Estude itself. In the second case, Christine de Pizan’s writing process is highly influenced by the prior reading of the Italian author, which reveals the bibliophilia characteristic of the period and the importance of reading, but also the emergence of new vernacular authorities.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2016
Open Access Date: 24 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/27127
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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