"Talk by Jane Taylor, November 5, 2 PM, HSSB 3041: "What Happened to Tristan in the Renaissance?""

Event Date: 

Friday, November 5, 2010 - 2:00pm

Event Location: 

  • HSSB 3041
  • French

"What Happened to Tristan in the Renaissance?"
Jane Taylor, University of Durham
November 5, 2010
HSSB 3041 - 2 pm

Dr. Taylor is a world-renowned French medievalist whose research covers a wide variety of subjects ranging from the twelfth to early sixteenth centuries. Her current work focuses on three topics: Arthurian romances and how they are translated, adapted, and rewritten in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries; the late-medieval French lyric; and the rewritings of François Villon's poetry in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in France and in England. Dr. Taylor's many publications include 'The Making of Poetry: Late-Medieval French Poetic Anthologies' (Brepols, 2007); 'The Poetry of François Villon: Text and Context' (Cambridge University Press, 2001); a co-authored edition of 'Le Roman de Perceforest, première partie' (with Gilles Roussineau), (Droz, 1979); and three co-edited volumes on women and the book culture (with Lesley Smith): 'Women, the Book and the Godly' (Boydell and Brewer, 1995); 'Women, the Book and the Worldly' (Boydell and Brewer, 1995); 'Women and the Book: Assessing the Evidence' (University of Toronto Press, 1997). Past President of the International Arthurian Society and past Editor of 'Medium Aevum', Dr. Taylor was a Fellow of St Hilda's College at Oxford University for ten years before accepting a position at the University of Durham. She is currently a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley.

In her lecture, Dr. Jane Taylor will discuss the question of ré-écriture and changing literary tastes through an analysis of two late Tristan versions, the 'Tristan' of Pierre Sala's (ca. 1525) and Jean Maugin's 'Nouveau Tristan' (1554). While Sala attempted to recover the medieval in the manuscript versions of his work, Jean Maugin endeavored to make his modernized prose treatment of the Tristan tradition, which appeared in printed form, address the forward-looking aesthetic of his times, set by the meteoric success of the 'Amadis de Gaule'.