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Perceforest : de l’entremets et de l’entrelardement au pastiche, ou l’art de cuisiner les textes

Abstract : Perceforest is a long prose romance which, in Christine Ferlampin-Ache’s view, could have been written not during the 14th, but during the 15th century. Pastiche is based on stylistic imitation and it seems difficult to reference pastiche in relation to medieval works. But it is necessary to develop studies focused on medieval style, and dealing with pastiche can be an opportunity to do so. Perceforest is a continuation of the Historia Regum Britaniae and Les Voeux du Paon, recounting what happened before the Vulgate Cycle. Is there stylistic mimicry between Perceforest and these texts ? Two points are examined : the use in Perceforest of Latine declensions, and two speeches (from Christ and Alain). More than real pastiches, we find here references to specific narrative worlds which guide the readers. Moreover, Perceforest seems to pastiche ancient texts in order to suggest that it is an authentic chronicle : the confrontation with present times and nostalgia play an important part in this view. A Burgundian reader can understand the Conte de la Rose in prose as a pastiche of a “mise en prose,” a prose rendering, and the Conte de la Rose in verse could be a pastiche of a lai. Like “entremets” and “entrelardement” (in Perceforest, the word refers to an aesthetic concept based on “variety”), pastiche has to do with pleasure, taste and variety.
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Christine Ferlampin-Acher. Perceforest : de l’entremets et de l’entrelardement au pastiche, ou l’art de cuisiner les textes. Etudes Françaises, Presse Universitaire de Montréal, 2010, Faute de style : En quête du pastiche médiéval, pp.79-97. ⟨10.7202/045119ar⟩. ⟨hal-01591087⟩



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