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Creole Medievalism: Colonial France and Joseph Bédier's Middle Ages

Michelle R. Warren


Joseph Bédier (1864–1938) was one of the most famous scholars of his day. He held prestigious posts and lectured throughout Europe and the United States, an activity unusual for an academic of his time. A scholar of the French Middle Ages, he translated Tristan and Isolde as well as France’s national epic, The Song of Roland. Bédier was publicly committed to French hegemony, yet he hailed from a culture that belied this ideal—the island of Réunion in the southern Indian Ocean. This book demonstrates that Bédier’s relationship to this multicultural and economically peripheral colony motivates h ... More

Keywords: Joseph Bédier, French Middle Ages, Tristan and Isolde, France, The Song of Roland, French hegemony, Réunion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816665259
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816665259.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michelle R. Warren, author
Professor of comparative literature, Dartmouth College