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Songbook: How Lyrics Became Poetry in Medieval Europe

Marisa Galvez

Abstract

Today we usually think of a book of poems as composed by a poet, rather than assembled or adapted by a network of poets and readers. But the earliest European vernacular poetries challenge these assumptions. Medieval songbooks remind us how lyric poetry was once communally produced and received—a collaboration of artists, performers, live audiences, and readers stretching across languages and societies. This book treats what poetry was before the emergence of the modern category “poetry”: that is, how vernacular songbooks of the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries shaped our modern understanding ... More

Keywords: book of poems, poets, readers, poetries, Medieval songbooks, lyric poetry, vernacular traditions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226280516
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226280523.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marisa Galvez, author