This article presents an analysis of Anseis de Carthage (we are currently working on a critical edition of an Italian-French manuscript of this text as part of our doctoral thesis). It is a chanson de geste, composed of rhymed ten-syllable stanzas, that dates from the first half of the 13th century. This epic poem belongs to the King’s Cycle to which it is directly linked as a narrative continuum of the Chanson de Roland. It tells the story of Anseis, Charlemagne’s nephew, and how he obtained the crown of Spain after the emperor’s victory over the Saracens and the liberation of the Iberian Peninsula. Anseis de Carthage clearly belongs to the Carolingian branch of medieval epics ; however, like many of the second generation chansons de geste, it is partly influenced by another medieval literary genre that differs in function from that of the epic : the romance. Through its assimilation of some of the features of the romance into the narrative structure of a chanson de geste, quest for the legitimacy of the eponymous character is what is truly at stake in Anseis de Carthage. We will show that, instead of being presented as a hero at the outset, Anseis becomes a problematic character whose relationships with women, and also with the political community, evolve.

Ceresato, F. (2016). Anseis de Carthage à la croisée des genres: le parcours d'un héros épique.

Anseis de Carthage à la croisée des genres: le parcours d'un héros épique

CERESATO, FLORIANA
2016

Abstract

This article presents an analysis of Anseis de Carthage (we are currently working on a critical edition of an Italian-French manuscript of this text as part of our doctoral thesis). It is a chanson de geste, composed of rhymed ten-syllable stanzas, that dates from the first half of the 13th century. This epic poem belongs to the King’s Cycle to which it is directly linked as a narrative continuum of the Chanson de Roland. It tells the story of Anseis, Charlemagne’s nephew, and how he obtained the crown of Spain after the emperor’s victory over the Saracens and the liberation of the Iberian Peninsula. Anseis de Carthage clearly belongs to the Carolingian branch of medieval epics ; however, like many of the second generation chansons de geste, it is partly influenced by another medieval literary genre that differs in function from that of the epic : the romance. Through its assimilation of some of the features of the romance into the narrative structure of a chanson de geste, quest for the legitimacy of the eponymous character is what is truly at stake in Anseis de Carthage. We will show that, instead of being presented as a hero at the outset, Anseis becomes a problematic character whose relationships with women, and also with the political community, evolve.
Cet article propose une analyse d’Anseïs de Carthage (dont nous éditons un manuscrit franco-italien dans notre thèse, en cours sous la direction de Dominique Boutet et de Corrado Bologna). Anseïs de Carthage est une chanson de geste en laisses de décasyllabes rimés, qui date de la première moitié du XIIIe siècle. Ce poème épique appartient au Cycle du Roi, auquel il se rattache directement en tant que continuum narratif de la Chanson de Roland. Y est en effet racontée l’histoire d’Anseïs, le neveu de Charlemagne, et la manière dont il obtint la couronne d’Espagne après la victoire de l’empereur sur les Sarrasins et la libération de la péninsule ibérique. Anseïs de Carthage se place clairement dans la branche carolingienne de l’épopée médiévale ; cependant, comme beaucoup de chansons de geste de la deuxième génération, c’est un texte en partie influencé par un autre genre littéraire médiéval, et dont le fonctionnement diffère de celui de l’épopée : le roman. Or, par cette assimilation, dans la structure narrative d’une chanson de geste, de traits romanesques, le récit se donne les moyens de penser un contenu inédit. Nous montrerons que, loin de le présenter d’emblée comme un héros, en effet, il fait d’Anseïs un personnage problématique, dont les rapports à la communauté chrétienne comme à ses responsabilités politiques et chevaleresques évoluent. La quête de légitimité du personnage éponyme semble alors l’enjeu propre d’Anseïs de Carthage.
Ceresato, F. (2016). Anseis de Carthage à la croisée des genres: le parcours d'un héros épique.
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