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Christine de Pizan's Livre du chemin de lonc estude. At The Crossroads Of Medieval Travel Writing And Political Allegory

Two Travelers: Didactic Trajectories in two late medieval Dream Visions

Philippe de Mézières’ Songe du viel pelerin and Christine de Pizan’s Le Livre du chemin de lonc estude
Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski
p. 87-101

Abstracts

The relationship between geographical displacement and the dispensing of politico-moral lessons is at the center of this analysis Philippe de Mézières’ Songe du viel pelerin (1386-1389) and Christine de Pizan’s Livre du chemin de lonc estude (1402). While Christine in the Chemin travels through the world as a tourist and postpones her political didacticism until she and her guide reach the heavens, the pilgrim in the Songe uses each geographical location for explicit political discussions

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Full text document will be published online on December 2019.

Outline

Medieval travel, allegory, and didactisism
Philippe de Mézières’ travels in the Songe du viel pelerin
Christine de Pizan’s travels in le Chemin de lonc estude
Conclusion

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Medieval travel, allegory, and didactisism

Travel educates, it widens our horizons, makes us meet other cultures and their customs, and allows us to bring home important lessons that we can apply at home. Medieval authors often combined the idea of travel with that of allegory by having their characters travel through allegorical landscapes and meet allegorical personages. Most of these kinds of journeys occurred in dream visions that allowed for almost limitless thematic expansion. By the late fourteenth century allegorical dream visions had become commonplace – certainly after Jean de Meun’s Roman de la Rose (ca. 1270) this genre had been opened up to just about every imaginable topic and it had begun to intersect with another important genre: the mirror of princes. The mirror is not really a fixed genre or, as Frédérique Lachaud and Lydwine Scordia state in the introduction to the excellent volume Le Prince au miroir de la littérature politique de l’Antiquité aux Lumières, “ses bo...

References

Bibliographical reference

Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, « Two Travelers: Didactic Trajectories in two late medieval Dream Visions », Cahiers de recherches médiévales et humanistes, 32 | 2016, 87-101.

Electronic reference

Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, « Two Travelers: Didactic Trajectories in two late medieval Dream Visions », Cahiers de recherches médiévales et humanistes [Online], 32 | 2016, Online since 08 December 2019, connection on 23 September 2017. URL : http://crm.revues.org/14087 ; DOI : 10.4000/crm.14087

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About the author

Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski

University of Pittsburgh
Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski travaille surtout sur des textes religieux et politiques de la fin du Moyen Âge. Ses livres les plus récents sont Poets, Saints, and Visionaries of the Great Schism, 1378-1417 (Pennsylvanie, 2006) et The Strange Case of Ermine de Reims (Pennsylvanie, 2015). Avec Joël Blanchard, elle a dirigé le dossier Le Droit et son écriture dans les CRMH (Paris, n° 25, 2013)

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