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Villon's Last WillLanguage and Authority in the Testament$
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Tony Hunt

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159148

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159148.001.0001

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Writing and the Fragmentation of Authority

Writing and the Fragmentation of Authority

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(p.13) I Writing and the Fragmentation of Authority
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Villon's Last Will
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Tony Hunt

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159148.003.0002

Emphasis is placed on the writing of the Testament, particularly on its status as a written record or ‘Escript l'say l'an soixante et ung’. François Villon was indeed a literate man as he obtained a Master of Arts degree from the University of Paris, but self-deprecating descriptions made by the testator should still be taken into account. Through analyzing some of the verses, it is found that the testator is fond of mocking authorities and traditional beliefs. His writings include a parody of Proverbs 24:# in which the text is taken literally. Doubt arises in terms of whether hardship indeed provides an instructive impact since the testator appears to reject how the hardship brought on by the prison at Meung had an significant effects on him.

Keywords:   writing, written record, traditional beliefs, mockery, authorities, parody, hardship, instructive impact, self-deprecating descriptions

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