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The art of love : amatory fiction from Ovid to the Romance of the Rose, Peter L. Allen

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The art of love : amatory fiction from Ovid to the Romance of the Rose
Title
The art of love
Title remainder
amatory fiction from Ovid to the Romance of the Rose
Statement of responsibility
Peter L. Allen
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Two major French medieval literary works that claim to teach their readers the art of love are virtually torn apart by the contradictions and conflicts they contain. In Andreas Capellanus's late twelfth-century Latin De amore, the author instructs his friend Walter in the amatory art in the first two books, but then harshly repudiates his own teachings and love itself in a third and final book. In Jean de Meun's encyclopedic continuation of the Romance of the Rose, written in French in the 1270s, a succession of allegorical figures alternately promote and excoriate the lover's amatory pursuits. Jean's romance, moreover, virtually rewrites the dream vision of Guillaume de Lorris, which it claims simply to extend, and ends with the depiction of a sexual act that seems to throw the book's whole structure into confusion. The more closely one reads these works, Peter Allen contends, the harder it is to understand them: "Didactic, heavy-handed, and problematic, they teach would-be lovers how to behave in order to have others accomplish their desires, yet they also contain vociferous passages that dissuade their protagonists from the practice of this art, which, they claim, leads not only to earthly destruction but also to eternal damnation." Readers from the Middle Ages to the present have been troubled by the fact that these texts are both radically self-contradictory and fundamentally at odds with the accepted morality of medieval Christian Europe. And for decades, scholars have tried to determine how these two works are related to what is often referred to as "courtly love." In The Art of Love, Allen persuasively argues that the De amore and the Romance of the Rose are central to the courtly tradition. Allen contends that their conflicts and contradictions are not signs of confusion or artistic failure, but are instead essential clues which show that the medieval works follow the disruptive structural model of Ovid's first-century elegiac Ars amatoria (Art of Love) and Remedia amoris (Cures for Love). Andreas's and Jean's works, no less than Ovid's, teach not the art of love for practicing lovers, but the literary art of love poetry and fiction. Based squarely on Ovid's poems, which were among the most widely read classical texts in medieval Europe, the De amore and the Romance of the Rose use the classical tradition in a particularly assertive fashion - and suggest a way for fantasies of love to exist even against a background of ecclesiastical prohibition
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1957-
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Allen, Peter L.
Index
index present
LC call number
PN682.L68
LC item number
A45 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Middle Ages series
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  • Courtly love in literature
  • Literature, Medieval
  • Ovid
  • Jean
  • Guillaume
  • Andreas
  • Love poetry, Latin (Medieval and modern)
  • Romances
Label
The art of love : amatory fiction from Ovid to the Romance of the Rose, Peter L. Allen
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
The illusion of love, the love of illusion : the Ars amatoria and Remedia amoris -- From Rome to France : under the sign of Ovid -- The diligent reader and the twofold text : Andreas Capellanus and the rhetoric of love -- Through the looking glass : Jean de Meun's Mirror for lovers -- Appendix. Medieval reception and transmission of Ovid's amatory works : an overview
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
178 p.
Isbn
9780812231885
Lccn
92021610
System control number
  • 1021547-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)1021547
  • (Sirsi) o26054322
  • (OCoLC)26054322
Label
The art of love : amatory fiction from Ovid to the Romance of the Rose, Peter L. Allen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
The illusion of love, the love of illusion : the Ars amatoria and Remedia amoris -- From Rome to France : under the sign of Ovid -- The diligent reader and the twofold text : Andreas Capellanus and the rhetoric of love -- Through the looking glass : Jean de Meun's Mirror for lovers -- Appendix. Medieval reception and transmission of Ovid's amatory works : an overview
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
178 p.
Isbn
9780812231885
Lccn
92021610
System control number
  • 1021547-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)1021547
  • (Sirsi) o26054322
  • (OCoLC)26054322

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