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  • Record Number: 4693
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  • Title: Reading across Genres: Froissart's "Joli Buisson de Jonece" and Machaut's Motets
  • Source: French Studies 57, 1 (January 2003): Pages 1 - 10.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Eroticism Froissart, Jean, Chronicler- Joli Buisson de Jonece Guillaume de Machaut, Poet Literary Genres Literature- Verse Love in Literature Motets Music Sources
  • Geographic Area: France
  • Century: 14
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  • Abstract: In the Joli Buisson de Jonece, his last dit amoureux, Jean Froissart narrates a dream in which he was granted a final meeting with the lady of whom he wrote in his earlier Espinette amoureuse. Despite the high hopes raised by this meeting, the protagonist fails to integrate himself into the allegorical world of love; upon awakening, he renounces these youthful follies and composes a poem to the Virgin. The passage from erotic to spiritual love and from dream to wakefulness is marked by an allusion to a motet from Reims — composed by Guillaume de Machaut — which the dreamer was singing just before he awoke. Verbal and thematic parallels link Froissart's poem with three of Machaut's motets, each of which combines erotic and spiritual registers in a multifaceted vision of amorous suffering and fulfilment. One could say that Froissart unravels the fantasies of the erotic dream through an implicit reading of the dit amoureux through the lens of the vernacular motet. [Reproduced from the publisher's website: http://fs.oxfordjournals.org/content/57/1/1.abstract]
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  • Year of Publication: 2003.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00161128
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