Assembling the Lyric Self: Authorship from Troubadour Song by Olivia Holmes

By Olivia Holmes

In the course of the thirteenth century Western Europe witnessed an explosion in vernacular literacy, leading to a wide physique of manuscript anthologies of secular and well known troubadour lyrics. presently afterwards, those multi-authored compilations have been succeeded by means of books of poems through unmarried authors, significantly by means of Petrarch throughout the 14th century. This specified but readable thesis attracts on an in depth variety of archival resources to check the explanations for this transition in Provencal and Italian literature, combining basic analyses of manuscripts and authors with particular experiences of, for instance, Guittone d' Arezzo, Dante's Vita Nova , Nicolo de Rossi and Petrarch's Canzoniere . Extracts translated.

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Me ven enmon cor em nais. Un dolz voler qem somon. Qeu chan e fassa chanchon. (79vD) Without desire and without a motive, for I don’t have a reason to be happy, arrives and arises in my heart a sweet urge that summons me to sing and compose a song. 38 Uc de Saint Circ Although his situation is not ideal, the desire to sing a happy song comes to him, and he believes that the act of composition itself will cheer him up: “que dalegrier venon en bon esper. Ede bona esperansa en gran plaiser” (for from rejoicing one comes to hope, and from good hope to great pleasure) (79vD).

Aside from the poems explicitly attributed to him, the only completely reliable evidence that we have of Uc’s literary activity is thus his signature on the razo for Savaric de Mauleon. But we know that he wrote at least one razo, and therefore must have been concerned to a certain extent with the relation between the troubadours’ texts and their lives, and the literary construction of vernacular authorship. We also know that he could write, for that is the verb he uses: “Ieu, Uc de San Sirc, que ay escrichas estas razos” (emphasis mine).

79vD) Without desire and without a motive, for I don’t have a reason to be happy, arrives and arises in my heart a sweet urge that summons me to sing and compose a song. 38 Uc de Saint Circ Although his situation is not ideal, the desire to sing a happy song comes to him, and he believes that the act of composition itself will cheer him up: “que dalegrier venon en bon esper. Ede bona esperansa en gran plaiser” (for from rejoicing one comes to hope, and from good hope to great pleasure) (79vD).

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