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Guillaume de MachautSecretary, Poet, Musician$
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Elizabeth Eva Leach

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449338

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449338.001.0001

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Dismembering Machaut

(p.34) 2 Resurrection
Guillaume de Machaut

Elizabeth Eva Leach

Cornell University Press

This chapter sketches the historiography of Machaut's rediscovery in the modern period, with the intent of positioning his oeuvre within the frameworks of each discipline's historically contingent interpretations. The varied ways in which Machaut's works have been rediscovered, the aspects of them that have been points of focus, and their shifting evaluation and critical treatment betray a number of agendas that belong more to the modern scholarly community than to Machaut himself. Charting these agendas can help strip away the sometimes partisan concerns of the different branches of the modern academy; if this cannot ultimately reveal a pristine, authentically medieval Machaut, it can at least help form a more rounded picture of a figure who is, in our terms, toweringly interdisciplinary.

Keywords:   Guillaume de Machaut, poets, composers, historiography, modern period

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