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The Medieval French Pastourelle TraditionPoetic Motivations and Generic Transformations$
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Geri L. Smith

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033365

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033365.001.0001

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Adam de la Halle’s Jeu de Robin et Marion

Adam de la Halle’s Jeu de Robin et Marion

Lyric Fantasy Meets Theater

(p.70) Chapter 2 Adam de la Halle’s Jeu de Robin et Marion
The Medieval French Pastourelle Tradition

Geri L. Smith

University Press of Florida

Adam de la Halle was one of the preeminent poet-musicians of the late thirteenth century, and generic manipulation is a hallmark of his artistic practice. That Adam chose to experiment with the pastourelle is noteworthy, especially in light of the cultural context from which Adam hailed. The social evolution afoot in thirteenth-century France is exemplified in Adam's home city of Arras, which was also witness to what some have called a “crisis of poetry” resulting from the consuming focus on wealth, power shifting into new hands, and the related effects on the arts. That crisis is reflected in Adam's works, particularly in his theatralization of lyric forms. This chapter shows that the impact of Adam's transformation of the pastourelle is most meaningful when viewed against the backdrop of his oeuvre as a whole and the new kind of literary environment in which he plied his craft.

Keywords:   Adam de la Halle, generic manipulation, pastourelle, poetry, theatralization, France, Arras, lyric fantasy, theater

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