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Othello's Island 2015

at the Severis Foundation • Nicosia • Cyprus

 

Speaker: Professor Maureen Boulton (University of Notre Dame, USA)

Title: "Greek Mythology in the Ballades of Christine de Pizan"

 

Abstract:

 

Christine de Pizan, the fifteen-century French poet, is well-known for her use of Greek mythology in the Epistre Othéa, where she recounts and comments on the stories of Leto, Midas, Cassandra among many others.  Less known are the allusions to Greek mythology in her collections of lyric poetry, especially the Cent Ballades  (One Hundred Ballads), and the Autres Ballades (Other Ballads), where she uses the legends of Hero and Leander, Pegasus, Circe, and Pallas to enrich her renderings of courtly love poems. I propose in this paper to examine poems from both collections (Cent Ballades 3, 4, 45, 55, 90; Autres Ballades 14, 17) to define her use and adaptation of these Greek legends in particular lyric contexts.

 

 

 

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