The LLC Occitan forum seeks to promote scholarly activity regarding the language, literature, and culture of Occitania, those regions where langue d’oc (sometimes called Provençal, after one specific area, Provence) is and has been spoken. This language flourished in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, notably in the hands of the vernacular poets known as troubadours and trobaraitz. Though its survival is threatened, various dialects continue to exist in southern France, Catalonia, and Italy.
The current executive committee includes Michelle Bolduc, Sarah-Grace Heller, Court Wells, Sarah Kay, and Jesús Rodríguez-Velasco.
This paper deals with the complicated sociopolitical space defined by the use and transformation of what we call Occitan language. Literary and cultural production in Occitan language during the late 12th and early 13th centuries light up the boundary conditions, the boundary values of what we call courtly culture making them visible in all their…[Read more]
The spatial affinity between poetry and the law is an interesting theoretical fiction to understand how the construction of the legal discipline is a process to turn all possible spatial affinities into spatial subalternities, into spatial submissions. One could say that legal spaces, the legal production of spaces, is a way to summon up different…[Read more]
Carol Zuses started the topic Solicitation of Membership Suggestions for First Forum Delegate Election in the discussion Provençal Language and Literature on MLA Commons 2 years, 8 months ago
The first-ever election for LLC Occitan’s Delegate Assembly representative will be held in the fall of 2017, and the forum’s executive committee will take up the matter of nominations for this election when it meets during the January 2017 convention in Philadelphia. Though the executive committee is responsible for making nominations, it is req…[Read more]
Here is the plan for the 2016 session. Thanks to all who submitted proposals!
Troubadour Publics and Public Troubadours
Presider: Jesús Rodríguez-Velasco, Columbia U
International politics and troubadour rhetoric: the survival of the fittest
Bill Burgwinkle, University of Cambridge
“De paraulas es grans mercatz”: Troubadours, their…[Read more]
MLA Convention in Austin, Texas, 7-10 January 2016
LLC Occitan Forum Call for Papers for MLA convention 2016 in Austin, TX:
Who had/has access to the Troubadours? What troubadour works rethink public life? What happens to Occitan works when they travel? This panel seeks to explore Occitan works in the wider world and the wider world as fashioned…[Read more]