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Prise de Cordres et de Sebille, Chanson de Geste du XIIIe siècle : édition d?après le ms. BN Fr. 1448, étude littéraire et traduction

Abstract : La Prise de Cordres et de Sebille is a chanson that has as well been forgotten and neglected by publishers (the one and only edition dates back to 1896) as by critics. We must admit that the condition in which it came into our hands doesn't really appeal to us: this chanson from the Narbonne cycle is considered as the continuation of Guibert d'Andrenas, without equalling the qualities of the former; indeed, La Prise' is only available in one manuscript and is furthermore unfinished! Just read the short and highly critical summary written by J. Frappier and you'll understand that this chanson is considered as a caricature, a debased and comical remake of its model Guibert d'Andrenas or of the more conventional epic Topoï. Therefore, La Prise not only suffers from being compared to Guibert d'Andrenas but also from being part of the Narbonne cycle, long seen as a sub-product of the Guillaume cycle; all of this leads one to consider these chansons as « marginal pieces», according to the opinion expressed by Madeleine Tyssens. Even if it hasn't the same appeal as the grander texts of the geste, La Prise de Cordres et de Sebille is not uninteresting nor devoid of charm. Far from being merely a pale and insipid copy of Guibert d'Andrenas, La Prise possesses its own aesthetic, ideological assets which reveal the mutation process of the epic genre as well as that of the audience with regard to the chansons de geste in the thirteenth century. Joseph Bedier was referring to this richness and diversity when he talked about « war and adventure novels, but romantic novels at the same time»; halfway between epic and novel, mixing tradition and novelty, La Prise constitutes, according to B. Guidot, « a fitting example of a genre that continues to slowly evolve ». We thus hope that this new edition, along with its literary study and translation, will restore this chanson to the rank it deserves in the geste de Guillaume and that it will also arouse the interest of researchers in this text.
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Magaly del Vecchio-Drion. Prise de Cordres et de Sebille, Chanson de Geste du XIIIe siècle : édition d?après le ms. BN Fr. 1448, étude littéraire et traduction. Littératures. Université Nancy 2, 2008. Français. ⟨NNT : 2008NAN21003⟩. ⟨tel-01777312⟩



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