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chanson de geste

 (də zhĕst′)
n. pl. chansons de geste
Any of more than 80 Old French epic poems of the 11th to the 14th centuries celebrating the deeds of historical or legendary figures, especially the exploits of Charlemagne and his successors.

[French : chanson, song + de, of + geste, heroic exploit.]

chanson de geste

(ʃɑ̃sɔ̃ də ʒɛst)
n
(Poetry) one of a genre of Old French epic poems celebrating heroic deeds, the most famous of which is the Chanson de Roland
[literally: song of exploits]

chan•son de geste

(ʃɑ̃ sɔ̃ də ˈʒɛst)

n., pl. chan•sons de geste (ʃɑ̃ sɔ̃ də ˈʒɛst)
a medieval French epic poem, typically dealing with historical or legendary heroes of the time of Charlemagne.
[1865–70; < French: literally, song of deeds]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chanson de geste - Old French epic poems
epic, epic poem, heroic poem, epos - a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds
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Medievalists from Europe, North America, and Israel first address concepts and approaches--the impact of the oral theory on medieval studies, the interplay of orality and literacy, questions of performance and performers, oral poetics, and orality and ritual--then traditions and genres: Older Germanic poetry, medieval German literature, drama, the ballad, the epic and lyric, Middle English romance, the Old French chansons de geste, the Italian cantari, Romanian epic songs, Hispanic epic and ballad, medieval Greek and Russian epic, Arabic epic narrative, Persian and Turkish epic and romance, medieval Hebrew traditions, Irish narrative, woman's songs, the pastourelle, popular song, and Andalusi-Arabic strophic poetry.
In Ina Cesaire's Geste de Ti-Jean, with a satirical nod to the chansons de geste of old, the protagonist cuts out the tongues of the apocalyptic-sounding Beast with Seven Heads who represents colonial oppression and tyranny, thus symbolizing the triumph of Creole over French, the imposed language of the oppressor.
Heroines of the French Epic: A Second Selection of Chansons de Geste.
La demarche originale developpee par l'auteur nous permet de comprendre la facon dont les mythes anciens sont relayes par la litterature medievale, c'est-a-dire dans les chansons de geste, puis dans la litterature bourgeoise comme les fabliaux ou encore dans les epopees animalieres.
The first chapter thus opens by presenting the patterns that are to be found in twelfth-century verse pertaining to cloth, noting the transition from chansons de geste in which clothing bears little meaning to more courtly literature in which cloth can be seen as a sign.
Just such a question is asked by Diane Vincent in "Reading a Christian-Saracen Debate in Fifteenth-Century Middle English Charlemagne Romance: The Case of Turpines Story" Here the chansons de geste form a backdrop for a fifteenth-century translation of Pseudo-Turpin Chronicle.
0 Yarmouth The paladin, sometimes known as the Twelve Peers, were depicted in early French literature as the foremost warriors of Charlemagne's court, first appearing in early chansons de geste (songs of heroic deeds).
La enorme popularidad de las chansons de geste tendria en el futuro una fuerte influencia sobre la musica y literatura occidentales.
La Geste francor; edition of the Chansons de geste of MS.
Claude Millet et Magali Lachaud nous offrent une vue d'ensemble des differentes utilisations de l'epopee ou du mode epique dans la litterature francaise: epopees pathetiques et democratiques chez Chateaubriand et Hugo (Millet), transmission des chansons de geste dans la litterature pour enfants (Lachaud).
This article interrogates such a construction of the medieval by exploring the status of touch, contact, and violence in the chansons de geste of the Narbonnais cycle.
Heroes of the French Epic: A Selection of Chansons de Geste.