Christine de Pizan's Dit de la pastoure: Pastoral Poetry, and the Poetics of Loss

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Christine de Pizan is the foremost woman of letters in the medieval French tradition, and the first to live by her penl. Her output contains some thirty titles equally distributed between verse and prose2. Two cycles of love lyrics, the Cent balades (composed between 1399 and 1402), and the Cent balades d'amant et de dame (1410), frame the bulk of her activity, during which she produced, focusing mainly on the theme of love, a series of dits (verse narratives) and debate poems, and made a significant epistolary contribution to the famous querelle over the misogynist
views of Jean de Meun's Roman de la Rose , before turning to didactic and allegorical writing.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalLe Moyen Français
StatePublished - 2006


  • Arts and Humanities
  • French and Francophone Language and Literature

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