The Narrative Imagination

The Narrative Imagination

Comic Tales by Phillippe de Vigneulles

Studies in Romance Languages

by Armine Avakian Kotin

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

152 pages, 5.50 x 8.50 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780813153513
  • Published: July 2014

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Philippe de Vigneulles (1471--1528), cloth merchant and hosier from the city of Metz, wrote a collection of comic short stories which he called Cent Nouvelles ou contes joyeux. The work constitutes an important step in the development of the nouvelle form in France. In an extended explication, Ms. Kotin analyzes the tales for the modern reader, historically, generically, structurally, and in terms of their human significance.

Inscribed in a tradition of short narrative forms in late medieval and early Renaissance France, these tales remake or recast traditional narrative patterns into new forms. Philippe de Vigneulles's tales constitute a "recit" of human life, supported by the sympathetic presence of the author and his beloved city of Metz.