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Title: The emergence of the Cantigas d'Amor : a philological investigation of poets, genres, manuscripts and their compilers
Author: Penafiel, André Barros
ISNI:       0000 0004 6497 3098
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2016
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The cantigas d'amor are a genre within medieval Galician-Portuguese lyric. It is numerically expressive and was seemingly considered the highest poetic form in its time. This thesis explains its rise and history, focusing on its manuscript tradition, its compilation history and its formal characteristics. It opens with a codicological analysis of the thirteenth-century songbook Cancioneiro da Ajuda. This chapter complements previous studies, offering new information on the mise-en-page and analysing variation occurring throughout the manuscript. It concludes that the manuscript does not constitute a single unity, but should be explained as an evolving work of at least two different teams. The second chapter builds on this conclusion in order to reconstruct the songbook's lacunae. Missing folios are reconstructed based on mise-en-page conventions and its variation. It reviews the problem of putative lacunae for which there is no textual evidence, arguing that the Cancioneiro da Ajuda is less damaged than previously admitted. Chapters 3 and 4 compare the Cancioneiro da Ajuda with other manuscripts, proposing a theory on how the cantigas d'amor were gradually assembled. Chapter 3 develops a general theory on compilation which accounts for all three surviving songbooks. It infers the contents and structure of three lost songbooks. Chapter 4 provides specific details on how the corpus of each poet who composed cantigas d'amor was compiled. Chapter 5 provides a literary analysis of the cantigas d'amor composed by the earliest poets (c.1180-c.1240). It explains the emergence of this genre by drawing a poetic profile of twenty-five poets, analysing their corpora and accounting for their compilation. Overall, the study offers extensive explanations on the structure of existing and lost songbooks, on the compilation history of the cantigas d'amor, on how the genre emerged in direct relationship with other lyric genres and on the range of formal possibilities explored by the poets.
Supervisor: Parkinson, Stephen R. Sponsor: Clarendon Fund
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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