Stag Of Love: The Chase in Medieval Literature by Marcelle ThiébauxStag Of Love: The Chase in Medieval Literature by Marcelle Thiébaux

Stag Of Love: The Chase in Medieval Literature

byMarcelle Thiébaux

Paperback | July 3, 2014

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A sport and a military exercise, hunting involved aggressive action with weapons and dogs, and pursuit to the point of combat and killing, for the sake of recreation, food or conquest. The Stag of Love explores the body of erotic metaphor that developed from the hunt together with Ovid's flourishing legacies. While representing a range of human experience, the metaphor finds its dominant expression in the literature of love. As Marcelle Thiébaux demonstrates, the hunt's disciplined violence represented sexual desire, along with strategies and arts for getting love, the joys of love, and love's elevating mystique. The genre gave rise to a lavish imagery of footprints and tracking, arrows, nets, dogs and leashes, wounds, dismemberment and blood, that persisted to Shakespeare's day.Thiébaux opens with an account of a medieval chase and its ceremonies. She introduces hunt manuals that defined and gentrified the sport, in stages from the party's departure to the ferocity of the struggle to the animal's death. These stages adapted readily to narrative structures in the love chase, showing pursuit, confrontation with the beloved, and consummation. In English literature Thiébaux considers Beowulf, Aefric's Life of St. Eustace, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Chaucer. She discusses Aucassin and Nicolete, Chrétien de Troyes' Erec, Gottfried von Strassburg's Tristan, the Nibelungenlied, and Wolfram von Eschenbach's works. The study ends with a scrutiny of newly recovered or little-known narratives of the thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

Originally published in 1974 and now issued in paperback for the first time, The Stag of Love brings to life a theme of perennial interest to medievalists, and to all readers intrigued by the imaginative treatment of love in the Western world.

Marcelle Thiébaux is the editor and translator of Dhuoda, Handbook for Her Warrior Son: Liber Manualis and The Writings of Medieval Women: An Anthology. She has written about Saint Ursula and the Eleven Thousand Virgins and about Princess Saint Margaret of Hungary.
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Title:Stag Of Love: The Chase in Medieval LiteratureFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:250 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.57 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.57 inPublished:July 3, 2014Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:080147969X

ISBN - 13:9780801479694

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"This book serves as a useful reminder of another of the forgotten languages of medieval literature. At a time when hunting was a principal occupation of the aristocracy, we are not surprised that its terms and figures were used to express other forms of activity, just as today the language of sport, for instance, has come to be used to express a variety of formal and intimate relationships. We are generally aware that medieval writing is pervaded by terms from hawking and hunting, and that hunting episodes play an important part in the chronicles and romances, and sometimes in lyric poetry and moralistic prose. The Stag of Love appears to be the first attempt systematically to bring this material together and arrange it into coherent conceptual patterns." - Speculum