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Christine de Pizan's Livre du chemin de lonc estude. At The Crossroads Of Medieval Travel Writing And Political Allegory


Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski
p. 83-85


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With her Livre du chemin de lonc estude of 1402-1403 Christine de Pizan created a work of political analysis and advice that participated in a number of popular genres: travel writing (both real and imaginary), allegory, mirrors of princes, and the kind of philosophical meditations and introspection popularized by Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy. One of her principal inspirations was of course Dante who supplied the title for Christine’s complex work. The three essays in this dossier look at the relationship between these different genres in order to place the Chemin into some of the intellectual and artistic currents of its time and to show how Christine creates meaning for her contemporaries precisely through her text’s position at the crossroads of these different traditions.

Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski analyzes the differences between Philippe de Mézières’ Songe du viel pelerin (1386-1389) and the Chemin from the perspective of how each author uses the idea of travel. Philippe...


Bibliographical reference

Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, « Introduction », Cahiers de recherches médiévales et humanistes, 32 | 2016, 83-85.

Electronic reference

Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, « Introduction », Cahiers de recherches médiévales et humanistes [Online], 32 | 2016, Online since 08 December 2019, connection on 24 June 2018. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/crm.14086

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About the author

Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski

University of Pittsburgh
Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski travaille surtout sur des textes religieux et politiques de la fin du Moyen Âge. Ses livres les plus récents sont Poets, Saints, and Visionaries of the Great Schism, 1378-1417 (Pennsylvanie, 2006) et The Strange Case of Ermine de Reims (Pennsylvanie, 2015). Avec Joël Blanchard, elle a dirigé le dossier Le Droit et son écriture dans les CRMH (Paris, n° 25, 2013)

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