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Idleness Working: The Discourse of Love's Labor from Ovid Through Chaucer and Gower


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August 2004

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Inspired by the critical theories of M. M. Bakhtin, Idleness Working is a groundbreaking study of key works in the Western literature of love from Classical Rome to the late Middle Ages. The study focuses on the evolution of the ideologically-saturated discourse of love's labor contained in these works and thus explores them in the context of ancient and medieval theories of labor and leisure, which themselves are seen to evolve through the course of Western history. What emerges from this study is a fresh appreciation and deepened understanding of such well-known classics of love literature as Ovid's Ars amatoria, Andreas Capellanus' De amore, Alan of Lille's Complaint of Nature, Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun's Roman de la rose, John Gower's Confessio Amantis, and Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde. In his provocative approach to these works, Gregory M. Sadlek finds a tradition of love constructed as labor, a tradition that forms a little-noticed complement to the better-known tradition of love as passion or madness, masterfully explored in Denis de Rougement's Love in the Western World. In fact, two different traditions of love's labor, one rhetorical, playful, and focused on the labor of courtship; the other serious, philosophical, and focused on the labor of reproduction, arise individually but are later combined to form some of the most vexing and imaginative love poetry of the Middle Ages. The study traces a steady embourgeoisement de l'eros [a making bourgeois of love] in a tradition with strong ties to the medieval aristocracy. In the end work
EAN: 9780813213736
ISBN: 0813213738
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: CATHOLIC UNIV OF AMER PR
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2004
Seitenanzahl: 298 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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