The Philomena of Chrétien the Jew
The Semiotics of Evil

Peter Haidu, edited by Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner

Research Monographs in French Studies 59

Legenda

  28 September 2020  •  170pp

ISBN: 978-1-781889-29-9 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-781889-30-5 (paperback, 2021)  •  RRP £9.99, $12.50, €12.50

ISBN: 978-1-781889-31-2 (JSTOR ebook)

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Ovid’s gruesome tale of rape, mutilation, and revenge, transformed into Philomena and retold in French octosyllables, found its way into the fourteenth century Ovide moralisé with a signature at its mid-point: Crestiens li gois, the great twelfth century romancer’s early avatar. Writing two generations after the Jewish massacres of the First Crusade, Christian the Goy playfully alludes to his hybrid status as a forced convert, even as he hides his identity in order to invent – like Philomena herself – new signs, a new language to speak the unspeakable and construct a fictional universe whose universalist values offer a critique of contemporary society. Such is Peter Haidu’s conjecture and argument, combining philology, history and theory to offer a political interpretation and close reading of how a young poet transposed his horror at the holocaust of 1096.

Left unpublished at his death, this summa of Peter Haidu’s long and distinguished career as medievalist, literary theorist, historian, and master interpreter of Chrétien de Troyes, has been edited by Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner, Professor emerita of French (Boston College).

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Haidu, Peter, and edited by Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner, The Philomena of Chrétien the Jew: The Semiotics of Evil, Research Monographs in French Studies, 59 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2020)

First footnote reference: 35 Peter Haidu, edited by Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner, The Philomena of Chrétien the Jew: The Semiotics of Evil, Research Monographs in French Studies, 59 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2020), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Haidu and Bruckner, p. 47.

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Haidu, Peter, and edited by Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner. 2020. The Philomena of Chrétien the Jew: The Semiotics of Evil, Research Monographs in French Studies, 59 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Haidu and Bruckner 2020: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Haidu and Bruckner 2020: 21.

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