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Medievalism in a minority language : Frédéric Mistral’s Wish-Fulfillment Provençal Past

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William Calin

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William Calin is Graduate Research Professor at the University of Florida. He is the author of eleven books and the recipient of the Gilbert Chinard First Literary Prize for 1981; and the American Library Association Outstanding Academic Book of the Year award for 1984 and 1995. His most recent volumes are Minority Literatures and Modernism: Scots, Breton, and Occitan, 1920-19190; and The Twentieth Century Humanist Critics, from Spitzer to Frye. The Lily and the Thistle:  The French Tradition and the Older Literature of Scotland is in production at the University of Toronto Press.

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Frédéric Mistral is the only figure in the Felibrige to have devoted a significant portion of his oeuvre to the Middle Ages. This essay offers a new reading of his two works situated in the Middle Ages – the romance Nerto (1884), and the drama La Rèino Jano (Queen Joanna) (1890). It argues that as a belated Romantic, Mistral repudiates the evils of modernity. His medievalism reflects and gives voice to his own political vision whereby the contemporary situation is displaced into a wish-fulfillment fourteenth century, in which France is conspicuous by its absence.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/relief.884
How to Cite: Calin, W., (2014). Medievalism in a minority language : Frédéric Mistral’s Wish-Fulfillment Provençal Past. RELIEF - REVUE ÉLECTRONIQUE DE LITTÉRATURE FRANÇAISE. 8(1), pp.48–60. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/relief.884
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