Ronsard and Du Bartas in Early Modern Europe


The sixteenth-century French poets Pierre de Ronsard and Guillaume Du Bartas enjoyed a wide, immediate and long-lasting, but varied and mixed reception throughout early modern Europe. Ronsard and Du Bartas in Early Modern Europe is the first book-length volume to explore the transnational reception histories of both poets in conjunction with each other. It takes into account the great variety of their readerships, including translators, imitating poets, poetical theorists, illustrators and painters, both male and female (Marie de Gournay, Anne Bradstreet), some of them illustrious (Tasso, King James VI and I of Scotland and England, Opitz…), others less known, even obscure, but worth to be saved from oblivion (such as the French Marc-Antoine Chalon, the English Mary Roper, and the Dutch poet Philibert van Borsselen). This volume offers a fascinating insight into the different reception modes in Europe and their underlying political, religious and literary identities.

Contributors include: Peter Auger, Denis Bjaï, Karel Bostoen †, Philippe Chométy, Paola Cosentino, Violaine Giacomotto-Charra, Alisa van de Haar, Pádraic Lamb, Anne-Pascale Pouey-Mounou, Elisabeth Rothmund, Paul J. Smith, and Caroline Trotot.

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Anne-Pascale Pouey-Mounou is Professor of French language of the sixteenth century at Sorbonne Université. She is the author of numerous publications on sixteenth-century poetry and Rabelais. Her publications include L’Imaginaire cosmologique de Ronsard (2002).

Paul J. Smith is Emeritus Professor of French Literature at Leiden University. He has published monographs, collective volumes and many articles on French Literature, including the co-edited volume Early Modern Catalogues of Imaginary Books. A Scholarly Anthology (2020).
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1 Introduction
Anne-Pascale Pouey-Mounou and Paul J. Smith

2 Entre Lorraine et Bavière : Pantaleon Thevenin lecteur de Ronsard et de Du Bartas
Denis Bjaï

3 Ronsard et Du Bartas, repoussoirs associés dans la France du XVIIe siècle
Anne-Pascale Pouey-Mounou

4 ‘Le papier le reçoit, mais la foy le rejette’ : Christophe de Gamon correcteur de la poétique bartasienne
Violaine Giacomotto-Charra

5 Le Zodiac poëtique (1619) d’Alexandre de Rivière : une ‘Remontrance’ à Christofle de Gamon sur son ‘Anti-Bartas’ ?
Philippe Chométy

6 Conception ronsardienne de la métaphore et enjeux théoriques dans les traités de Marie de Gournay (1565–1645)
Caroline Trotot

7 The Influence of Du Bartas in 17th-Century Italy
Paola Cosentino

8 Poétique ou politique ? La réception de Ronsard et Du Bartas en Allemagne : Martin Opitz, Tobias Hübner et la Compagnie Frugifère
Elisabeth Rothmund

9 Visiting Ronsard in 1578, or Jan van der Noot Preparing the Funding of His Europeiad
Karel Bostoen †

10 Ronsard and Du Bartas in the Low Countries: Evidence from Early Modern Dutch Private Libraries and a Vanitas Still-Life by Edwaert Collier (ca. 1664)
Paul J. Smith

11 Ronsard at School: French Poetry as Educational Tool in the Early Modern Low Countries
Alisa van de Haar

12 Ichthyological Topics of the European Reception of Du Bartas
Paul J. Smith

13 Poetic and Political Models: Ronsard, Du Bartas and James VI of Scotland
Pádraic Lamb

14 Du Bartas’ Pattern for English Scriptural Poets
Peter Auger

15 The King James Text of Du Bartas’ “Les Peres”: An Edition
Peter Auger and Denis Bjaï

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All interested in Ronsard and Du Bartas and their reception in early modern European literature (esp. French, English, German, Dutch, and Italian). Keywords: poetry, literary reception, French poetry and literature, translation, imitation.
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