Transcultural Critical Editing: Vernacular Poetry in the Burgundian Netherlands, 1450-1530


In the late Middle Ages, most of the Low Countries was ruled by the Dukes of Burgundy and their Hapsburg successors. Often termed 'the Burgundian Netherlands' for this reason, the region boasted a dynamic culture, including literature in both French and Dutch. Many historians have assumed that works in French were largely consumed by the Dukes and their aristocratic entourage, while those in Dutch were aimed at urban merchant classes. Recent research, however, has suggested that French- and Dutch-speakers interacted in some significant ways. Dutch-speaking printers published books in French, for example, while Dutch theatre companies took part in French-language drama festivals and vice-versa.
 
The Transcultural Critical Editing project will improve our understanding of this interaction. It will benefit not only the numerous scholars of the Burgundian Netherlands, but also academic researchers in related fields such as cross-cultural relations.

The project involves an international team of experienced scholarly editors, both French and Dutch specialists. We will shed light on the exchange between the region's French- and Dutch-language communities by editing poetry produced by each community in the period 1450-1530. Our editions will pay particular attention to the interaction between cultures, noting features such as linguistic and stylistic borrowing from the other language. We will edit work by a particularly important author in each language, Anthonis de Roovere in Dutch (d. 1482) and Jean Molinet in French (1435-1507), as well as an anthology of poems in both languages about current affairs in the region.

Our project will also involve an academic conference and resulting publication, an exhibition, and articles in popular history journals. For further details, please consult the other pages on this site.


Transcultural Critical Editing is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
 

 

   
     


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Manuscript image from Gent, Universiteitsbibliotheek, HS 670. Used by permission.

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