Tyards Graphic Metamorphoses: Figuring the Semiosic Drift in the Douze Fables de fleuves ou fontaines

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Roberto E. Campo, Professor and Director of International & Global Studies Program (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Pontus de Tyard, a lesser-known member of the Pleiade poets of mid-sixteenth-century France, was deeply influenced by the concerns of his comrades and contemporaries about the elemental remoteness of all "reality" and the resulting "semiosic drift" undermining any attempt to denote it. He expresses this preoccupation during the mid 1550s, in the Douze Fables de fleuves ou fontaines, his long underrated collection of twelve mythological fables, each accompanied by directions for a fable-based painting and an explanatory sonnet. Like the author's more highly regarded Discours du temps from the same years, the Douze Fables registers traces of not only the "strong" hermeneutic paradigm of the hermetic Neoplatonic tradition, but also the anxiety-ridden mannerist aesthetic of the period.

Additional Information

Renaissance Quarterly, 54(3), 776-800
Language: English
Date: 2001
Sixteenth century French poetry, Renaissance art, Fables, Pontus de Tyard, Literary analysis

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