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Words of love and love of words in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Author: Albrecht Classen
Publisher: Tempe, Ariz. : Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2008.
Series: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies (Series), v. 347.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Poets in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age constantly explored the discourse of love, and nothing seems to have mattered more than love in the world of the courts. But what was it all about, and what did love mean? This book argues that love then was much more than the simple exploration of an emotion. Instead, the discourse examined here from many interdisciplinary perspectives served as a springboard for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Albrecht Classen
ISBN: 9780866983952 0866983953
Language Note: In English; one essay in French.
OCLC Number: 213495328
Description: vii, 480 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The quest for knowledge within medieval literary discourse: the metaphysical and philosophical meaning of love / Albrecht Classen --
Concordia virginitatis: passionate marriage in Paulinus of Nola, c. 25 / Cynthia White --
Patronage and erotic rhetoric in the sixth century: the case of Venantius Fortunatus / Robert Levine --
Fusion and fission in the love and lexis of early Ireland / William Sayers --
Woman's ways of feeling: Lavinia's innovative discourse of/on/about love in the Roman d'Eneas / Raymond Cormier --
"Desire": the language of love in the feminine in Heloise's letters / Carmel Posa --
The 'sic et non' of Andreas's De amore / Bonnie Wheeler --
Love of language in the troubadour poetry / Valerie Michelle Wilhite --
La dame et l'amour: les mots pour dire la beauté et la passion : d'apres un choix des Chansons de Guillaume d'Aquitaine et des Lais de Marie de France / Anna Kukułka-Wojtasik --
"De parler bon' eloquence": words of love in the Lais of Marie de France / Karen K. Jambeck --
The rhetoric of love in the romances of Gautier d'Arras / Karen Pratt --
The bitterness of love on the sea: Isolde's amorous discourse viewed through Gottfried's crystalline transparency / Christopher R. Clason --
Songs of love and love of songs: music and magic in medieval romance / Linda Marie Zaerr --
The language and culture of joy / Siegfried Christoph --
The language of love in Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival / G. Ronald Murphy --
When your lover is the Virgin Mary: a new approach to the Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso X of Castile / Connie L. Scarborough --
Love and discourse and discourse of love in the middle high German Minnesang: the case of the post-Walther generation from the thirteenth-through the fifteenth century / Albrecht Classen --
The lover and his Faus Semblant: technologies of confession in the Roman de la Rose / Tracy Adams --
What kind of words are these? : courtly and marital words of love in the Franklin's tale and Sir Gawain and the green knight / Jean E. Jost --
From words of love to words of hate in two medieval French prose romances / Stacey L. Hahn --
John Gower: love of words and words of love / Harry Peters --
How love took reason to court: Diego de San Pedro's Prison of love / Sanda Munjic.
Series Title: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies (Series), v. 347.
Responsibility: edited by Albrecht Classen.

Abstract:

"Poets in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age constantly explored the discourse of love, and nothing seems to have mattered more than love in the world of the courts. But what was it all about, and what did love mean? This book argues that love then was much more than the simple exploration of an emotion. Instead, the discourse examined here from many interdisciplinary perspectives served as a springboard for fundamental epistemological investigations into the meaning of human life in erotic, spiritual, and philosophical terms. Words of love implied, in a chiasmic manner, love of words, and in this sense the discourse of love aimed for the development of communication, ethics, morality, spirituality, and the entire value system of courtly society far into the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. To love meant to talk about love, and this experience led to the formation of the individual, social relations, connections to the Godhead, hence the realization of the spiritual dimension of human existence through love, happiness, joy, harmony, and ultimately the transformational magic of language." --
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