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The Legal, Rhetorical, and Iconographic Aspects of the Concept of the accessoire in Christine de Pizan

Earl Jeffrey Richards
p. 127-140

Abstracts

The article explores how Christine de Pizan’s use of the term accessoire(s), a special case of “detail” in medieval culture affords a useful example of how her vocabulary literally echoes her linguistic situation at the interface of vernacular and Latin in the Parisian courtly circles which she frequented. The first two philologically oriented sections offer a clear contextualization of Christine’s two uses of this term, while the third, more speculative, section is based her use of the concept of an accessoire in the context of iconographic practice

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Editor's notes

In collaboration with Liliane Dulac

Excerpt

Full text document will be published online on August 2019.

Outline

Christine and her trials. Les biens mondains et tous leurs accessoires
Rhetorical accessories. Christine de Pizan’s Use of Abbreviato and John of Salisbury’s Defense of Aristotelian Rhetoric
Iconographic attributes and accessories. A “Dogged” Question, also involving a Harp and a White Crow

First lines

An investigation of the occurrence of the word accessoire(s) in the works of Christine de Pizan affords another example of how Christine’s vocabulary in general reflects her situation at the interface of the use of vernacular and Latin in the Parisian circles which she frequented. Christine uses the word accessoire only twice in her works. As it is not a common word either in Old or Middle French, as the examples in Godefroy (Complément, v. 8, p. 21), Tobler-Lommatzsch (v. 1, col. 356), the Französisches etymologisches Wörterbuch (v. 24, col. 69a) and the online Dictionnaire du Moyen Français (afterwards cited here as DMF) show, it should be considered a Latinism. The first, as well as earliest, instance in Christine’s works is found at the opening of Autres ballades, 5: “Les biens mondains et tous leurs accessoires, / Chacun voit bien qu’ilz sont vains et falibles”. This example is typical of the use of the post-classical Latin term accessorium in legal and scholastic texts written...

References

Bibliographical reference

Earl Jeffrey Richards, « The Legal, Rhetorical, and Iconographic Aspects of the Concept of the accessoire in Christine de Pizan », Cahiers de recherches médiévales et humanistes, 31 | 2016, 127-140.

Electronic reference

Earl Jeffrey Richards, « The Legal, Rhetorical, and Iconographic Aspects of the Concept of the accessoire in Christine de Pizan », Cahiers de recherches médiévales et humanistes [Online], 31 | 2016, Online since 03 August 2019, connection on 27 June 2017. URL : http://crm.revues.org/14018 ; DOI : 10.4000/crm.14018

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About the author

Earl Jeffrey Richards

Earl Jeffrey Richards a notamment travaillé sur Dante, Le Roman de la Rose, Christine de Pizan, mais aussi sur la réception de l’œuvre d’Ernst Robert Curtius et d’Erich Auerbach et sur la continuité intellectuelle entre le Troisième Reich et la République fédérale d’Allemagne. Depuis 1995, il est professeur des littératures romanes à la Bergische Universität Wuppertal. Bergische Universität Wuppertal

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