Memory and Voice in Jean Froissart's dits amoureux

Finn E. Sinclair
2011 Journal of Medieval and Humanistic Studies  
Jean Froissart's dits amoureux illustrate the ways in which Froissart plays with the layering and overlapping of textual voices, with memory, and with time, all of which are important in the construction of the text as an artefact and memoriala significant aspect of Froissart's relationship with writing. The tensions Froissart sets up between the singular and the universal, and between lived experience and poetic experience, produce poetic texts that play on the notion of « voice ». The « voice
more » ... » that appears here is implicitly linked with the idea of the « speaking subject », with the implied connection between author, narrator and protagonist, and with the symbiotic relationship between life and art, reality and fiction. This continuum is, however, complicated by the setting of this voice in poetry. This article explores the resulting tensions, and how they are exploited by Froissart to create his polyvalent texts. Résumé : Dans les dits amoureux de Jean Froissart, la polyvalence de la voix, la mémoire et le temps se présentent comme des moyens importants pour faire vivre le texte en postérité -1 For example, M.T. Clanchy, From Memory to Written Record : England 1066-1307, Oxford, Blackwell, 1993, M. Zink, Subjectivité littéraire : autour du siècle de Saint Louis,
doi:10.4000/crm.12522 fatcat:tajxkko7b5a7fkkmepobstcfwe