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Title: A critical edition of Anseis de Cartage.
Author: Kerr, Alexander Ferguson.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3597 5973
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 1995
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Ansei:'1de Cartage is a chanson de geste which belongs to the cycle du Roi and probably dates from the period 1230-50. Unlike the only previous edition of this poem, published in ]892, which was based on an idiosyncratic manuscript and followed the principles of the 'Scientific' school, this edition aims to provide a faithful reading of the text in the chosen base manuscript, Paris, Bibliotheque Nationale, fonds francais, 12548, with the minimum of editorial intervention. All known manuscripts of the poem have been used in constructing a full corpus of variant readings for the first eighty-four laisses (vv. 1-3014) and for certain later sections. including samples which contain lines appearing in the surviving fragments as well as in the manuscripts of the complete or nearly complete text. The introduction begins with a chapter giving a summary of the poem, differences in the narrative according to the various manuscripts being noted. The next chapter comprises a description and classification of the manuscripts, the reasons for the choice of the base manuscript, and the principles and conventions adopted in establishing the text. The third contains sections on the style and versification of the poem, the poet's language, and the language of the base manuscript. The fourth chapter surveys the sources from which the poem draws its material. Evidence for dating the work and the question of authorship are examined in the fifth chapter. Finally, references to the poem and material derived from it in other works are studied in Chapter 6. Notes on the text, a bibliography, a full table of proper names, which lists all references to each name, and a selective glossary complete the edition.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: French literature