Songs of the Women Trouvères

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Edited, Translated, and Introduced by Eglal Doss-Quinby, Joan Tasker Grimbert, Wendy Pfeffer, and Elizabeth Aubrey

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This groundbreaking anthology brings together for the first time the works of women poet-composers, or trouvères, in northern France in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Refuting the long-held notion that there are no extant Old French lyrics by women from this period, the editors of the volume present songs attributed to eight named female trouvères along with a varied selection of anonymous compositions in the feminine voice that may have been composed by women. The book includes the Old French texts of seventy-five compositions, extant music for eighteen monophonic songs and nineteen polyphonic motets, English translations, and a substantial introduction.

Eglal Doss-Quinby is professor of French at Smith College. Joan Tasker Grimbert is professor of French at the Catholic University of America. Wendy Pfeffer is professor of French and chair of Classical and Modern Languages at the University of Louisville. Elizabeth Aubrey is professor of musicology at the University of Iowa.

“This outstanding book brings the corpus of women trouvère poetry squarely to the forefront and will change thinking about the trouvères.”—Joseph J. Duggan, University of California, Berkeley



“This volume is a welcome contribution both to the study of medieval lyric and to the larger field of gender studies and is sure to stimulate further discussion.”—Sylvia Huot, Speculum
ISBN: 9780300084122
Publication Date: March 11, 2001
304 pages, 7 3/8 x 9 1/4
37 musical examples
Three Medieval Views of Women

"La Contenance des Fames," "Le Bien des Fames," "Le Blasme des Fames"

Edited by Gloria K.

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