A visión do amor no cancioneiro de Don Denis. Estudo e edición de 33 cantigas de amor


Eirín García, Leticia

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Medieval Galician-Portuguese literature
Textual criticism and editing in Galician and Portuguese




Edicións Laiovento

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A visión do amor no cancioneiro de Don Denis examines references to a female vision in thirty-three love songs (or cantigas) by Denis of Portugal (1260-1325), the Portuguese troubadour poet and king. The book focuses on the idea of troubadour love and the classical motif of a woman who appears to the poet in a vision, exploring the feeling of love described by the male poetic voice in direct response to that vision. The work also includes a critical analysis of the rhetorical and literary aspects of each cantiga, a detailed account of the critical editing process, and a description of the neo-Lachmannian approach used and other important advances in textual analysis studies.

The thirty-three love cantigas in the Dom Denis songbook make it the largest corpus of troubadour song poems by a single author. Just as remarkable as the number of songs, however, is the quality of the compositions, in which the poet unites traditional and innovative elements, and establishes a dialogue with other schools of troubadour poetry, most notably the Provençal.

The book highlights the unique character of Dom Denis’s work within the more formally homogeneous genre of medieval Galician-Portuguese poetry, his role as the last great king to form part of the Galician-Portuguese school of troubadour poetry, and the importance of that role in relation to the recognition, revival and re-evaluation of the cultural and literary heritage of Galicia.