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The Anonymous Marie de France

R. Bloch


This book offers a fundamental reconception of the person generally assumed to be the first woman writer in French, the author known as Marie de France. It considers all of the writing ascribed to Marie, including her famous Lais, her 103 animal fables, and the earliest vernacular Saint Patrick's Purgatory. Evidence about Marie de France's life is so meager that we know next to nothing about her—not where she was born and to what rank, who her parents were, whether she was married or single, where she lived and might have traveled, whether she dwelled in cloister or at court, nor whether in En ... More

Keywords: Marie de France, Lais, animal fables, Saint Patrick's Purgatory, Joyce, twelfth century, cultural values, oral tradition, memory, translation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780226059686
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226059693.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. Bloch, author