The Writer's Gift or the Patron's Pleasure?: The Literary Economy in Late Medieval France




      The Writer's Gift or the Patron's Pleasure?: The Literary Economy in Late Medieval France
The Writer s Gift or the Patron s Pleasure introduces a new approach to literary patronage through a reassessment of the medieval paragon of literary sponsorship, Charles V of France Traditionally celebrated for his book commissions that promoted the vernacular, Charles V also deserves credit for having profoundly altered the literary economy when bypassing the traditional system of acquiring books through gifting to favor the commission When upturning literary dynamics by soliciting works to satisfy his stated desires, the king triggered a multi generational literary debate concerned with the effect a work s status as a solicited or unsolicited text had in determining the value and purpose of the literary enterprise.Treating first the king s commissioned writers and then canonical French late medieval authors, Deborah McGrady argues that continued discussion of these competing literary economies engendered the concept of the writer s gift, which vernacular writers used to claim a distinctive role in society based on their triple gift of knowledge, wisdom, and literary talent. New Download [ The Writer's Gift or the Patron's Pleasure?: The Literary Economy in Late Medieval France ] author [ Deborah L McGrady ] – heartforum.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 366 pages
  • The Writer's Gift or the Patron's Pleasure?: The Literary Economy in Late Medieval France
  • Deborah L McGrady
  • 08 November 2018
  • 1487503652

3 thoughts on “ The Writer's Gift or the Patron's Pleasure?: The Literary Economy in Late Medieval France

  1. Kappie says:

    Definitely worth the read if you re interested in patronage practices in the 14th and 15th centuries More complete review forthcoming in French Studies A Quarterly Review.

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