The "Roman De La Rose" and Vernacular Hermeneutics
By (author) Alastair J. Minnis
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Magister Amoris by Alastair J. Minnis
Book DescriptionThe Roman de la Rose was a major bestseller - largely due to its robust treatment of 'natural' sexuality. This study concentrates on the ways in which Jean de Meun, in imitation of Ovid, assumed the mock-magisterium (or mastership) of love. From Latin texts and literary theory Jean derived many hermeneutic rationales and generic categorizations, without allowing any one to dominate. Alastair J. Minnis considers allegorical versus literalistic expression in the poem, its competing discourses of allegorical covering and satiric stripping, Jean's provocative use of plain and sometimes obscene language in a widely accessible French work, the challenge of its homosocial and perhaps even homoerotic constructions, the subversive effects of coital comedy within a text characterized by intermittent aspirations to moral and scientific truth, and - placing the Rose's reception within the European history of vernacular hermeneutics - the problematic translation of literary authority from Latin into the vulgar tongue.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198187547
(224mm x 146mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 26-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alastair J. Minnis
Handling Sin, Paperback (October 2013)
Penance and confession were an integral part of medieval religious life; essays explore literary evidence.
Richard Rolle and the Invention of Authority, Paperback (February 2007)
A 1991 literary study of Richard Rolle, one of the most widely read English writers of the late Middle Ages.
Vernacular Literary Theory in the Middle Ages, Paperback (November 2006)
This is a critically acclaimed study of medieval literary theory.
Early History of Greed, Paperback (June 2006)» View all books by Alastair J. Minnis
The first full-length study of the early history of greed, through texts from the first to tenth centuries CE.
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