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Daurel y Betón : cantar de gesta occitano del siglo XIII

Abstract

In the late nineties and early two thousands, I was working on some Occitan texts from the firsts half of the 13th Century. My contention was that they constituted an archeology of courtly culture. In other words, these texts and their authors were purposefully exploring the conditions and concepts that had been built by the agents of such culture.

Rodríguez-Velasco, Jesús. Daurel y Betón : cantar de gesta occitano del siglo XIII. Valladolid:  Universidad de Valladolid, 2000. Print.

In this short book, I offer a translation of an unfinished Occitan chanson de geste, Daurel e Beto –one of the chansons from the multilingual cycle of Beuve de Hantone (Bovis d’Antona, Bevis of Hampton, etc.) This beautiful chanson includes a scene in which treason becomes revealed in a theatrical play within the narrative. As I demonstrated in the introduction to the text, the purpose of the chanson is to explore an archeology of the jongleur as a cultural agent, and to advance a thesis on the importance of the jongleur as an educator in the construction and development of courtly culture.

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