This booklet, the 1st examine in English dedicated fullyyt to Andreas Capellanus's De Amore, offers a accomplished inquiry into the impression of scholasticism at the constitution and association of the paintings, utilising tools of medieval philosophy and highbrow background to a major challenge in medieval literary reports. Eschewing polemics over authorial intentions, Don Monson develops an method of the work's that means via an exam of its shape.
The first a part of the publication explores the typical identification of the paintings, either a systematic treatise and a pragmatic guide. It relates this general complexity to a rigidity among rhetoric and dialectic and explores the work's intertextual personality by way of the specialists stated and the literary versions structuring the discourse. In mild of those issues, Monson examines the fashionable debate over ironic intentions.
The moment a part of the ebook experiences the work's that means by way of a dialectic among 4 traditions: vernacular poetry, feudal society, Christianity, and Ovid. the writer examines the scholastic definition, which defines love generically as an "emotion" (passio innata) and in particular when it comes to Aristotelian causality. He then explores Andreas's love psychology and body structure, together with the jobs of sight, meditation, hope, and may, the actual and psychological necessities for loving, and the dynamics of affection relationships. subsequent, the social ramifications of affection are mentioned: the competing claims of the Aristocracy of beginning and of advantage, and the jobs of carrier, generosity, courtesy, and recognition. the ultimate bankruptcy reports the moral size of the treatise, picking complementary elements: an try and reconcile sexual love with Christian morality, through the rejection of affection at the grounds in their incompatibility.
Monson's thorough exam of the textual content demands a attractiveness of the profound complexity of the De amore, seen in its shape and contents. even if now not a key to "courtly love," the textual content occupies a special place on the crossroads of numerous medieval traditions and may drastically give a contribution to the certainty of affection in medieval literature and culture.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Don A. Monson is professor of French on the university of William and Mary.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:
"Monson masters the substantial literature referring to Andreas Capellanus's De amore and explains the fashionable number of interpretations. He offers a outstanding examining of the De amore, the main balanced, insightful, realized, and persuasive research up to now. In a fashion by no means performed ahead of he experiences the 'form' of De amore, plunging into modes of studying, the procedure of Medieval artes, and Scholasticism.... a masterly publication that brings unique perception into the twelfth-century international, recreating the cultural context for Andreas's treatise."--Paolo Cherchi, Professor Emeritus, college of Chicago
"Monson's thorough research of Andreas's very important treatise and acceptable scholarship evaluates the which means of the paintings, taking account not just of its severe intentions but additionally, considerably, the relative weaknesses of Andreas's skill to address his fabric. will probably be required analyzing for people that deal with Andreas and problems with courtly love within the future."--Douglas Kelly, Professor Emeritus, college of Wisconsin-Madison
"Don A. Monson's ebook is an attentive and diligent research of Andreas Capellanus's De Amore.... Monson's research is wealthy with fascinating insights into De Amore.... This tremendous unique piece of scholarship is written in actual fact and incorporates a huge choice of simple assets and references." -- Rossella Pescatori, Comitatus
"Monson's paintings undertakes the tremendous complicated activity of teasing out a number of the discourses which offer form and intending to the treatise, noting the entire whereas that ele