Magister Amoris: The Roman de la Rose and Vernacular Hermeneutics

Hardcover | April 15, 2001

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The 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 satiricstripping, 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 andscientific 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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The 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 categor...

Alastair J. Minnis is a Professor of Medieval Studies at University of York.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:April 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Maistre Jehan de Meun and the magisterium amoris1. Academic Prologues to Ovid and the Vernacular Art of Love2. Lifting the Veil: Sexual/Textual Nakedness in the Roman de la Rose3. Parler proprement: Words, Deeds and Proper Speech in the Rose4. Signe d'estre malles: Genre, Gender and the End of the Rose5. Theorizing the Rose: Crises of Textual Authority in the Querelle de la Rose6. Pruning the Rose: Evrart de Conty and European Vernacular CommentaryBibliographyIndex