Enfances Renier : chanson de Geste du XIIIe siècle : édition, apparat critique et étude littéraire

Abstract : Ignored, when it is quite simply unknown, the monumental chanson of Enfance Renier is among the last epic of the Cycle of Guillaume to have been the subject of an edition. It would be hasty to see in the disaffection of the editors and the critics for this text the only effects of its generous dimensions. Afflicted with an execrable reputation, Enfances Renier especially suffered from the discredit which struck the late epopee a long time. Borrowing its narrative structure and certain of its characters from the folk, accumulating without reserve the most incredible bounces, abrasive repertory of interlacing until dazing the reader of it and accumulating the "adventurous and fantastic elements", the song acknowledges only too a jubilatoire propensity to succumb "to the charms adulterated of romance". Since 1852, P. Paris arbitrarily reduces work to "ridiculous inventions". Hundred years later, J. Frappier is satisfied with a tinted laconic note of condescension : "this long poem of adventures, which with the reputation to be hateful [...], brings back for us towards the epic of Rainouart. To disavow is indeed the son of Maillefer and Florentine, consequently the grandson of Rainouart. The theatre of its exploits is Sicily and Greece. From its marriage without originality with Sarrasine Ydoine (it is not a pun) is born Tancrède, one of the heroes of the first crusade. "Forty years later, the song still does not cause a frank passion : M. Tyssens and J. Wathelet-Willem qualify Enfances Renier of "epigone deprived of any originality". This new edition accompanied by a literary study will contribute, we hope for it, to start again research on this continent quasi inexplored which are Enfances Renier.
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Delphine Dalens-Marekovic. Enfances Renier : chanson de Geste du XIIIe siècle : édition, apparat critique et étude littéraire. Littératures. Université Nancy 2, 2006. Français. ⟨NNT : 2006NAN21008⟩. ⟨tel-01776069⟩

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