Abstract

Determining the authorship of Old French lyric compositions—the songs of the twelfth- and thirteenth-century trouvères—is more often than not a problem to be solved by wresting probability from a clutch of uncertainties. The writer faced the question of authenticity when he and his co-editor set out to prepare a critical edition of the songs attributable to Colin Muset: Of the compositions claimed in one way or another for Colin—or not claimed—which were they to include in the collection, and why? The article explains their criteria and, text by text, justifies their selection; it defends the principle of inclusiveness in the face of unalterable doubt.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1933-7418
Print ISSN
1559-2936
Pages
pp. 29-45
Launched on MUSE
2008-11-11
Open Access
No
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