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Love and Death in Medieval French and Occitan Courtly Literature: Martyrs to Love

Simon Gaunt

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199272075
eISBN:
9780191709869
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272075.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Medieval literature is fascinated with the idea that love may be a fatal affliction. Indeed, it is frequently suggested that true love requires sacrifice, that you must be ready to die for, from, and ... More


Love's Martyrdom and the Ethical Subject

Simon Gaunt

in Love and Death in Medieval French and Occitan Courtly Literature: Martyrs to Love

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199272075
eISBN:
9780191709869
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272075.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter offers an exposition of the Derridean and Lacanian theory that will be used throughout the book, particularly in relation to the 12th-century troubadour Bernart de Ventadorn. The notion ... More


The Apple on the Bough Most Out of Reach: Maud Gonne

Joseph M. Hassett

in W.B. Yeats and the Muses

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199582907
eISBN:
9780191723216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582907.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Yeats's poems about Maud Gonne were consciously written in the courtly love tradition, ‘the old high way of love,’ as he called it in ‘Adam's Curse,’ Reading these poems as part of the courtly love ... More


The Virtue of (Erotic) Love

Robert C. Solomon

in In Defense of Sentimentality

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
November 2004
ISBN:
9780195145502
eISBN:
9780199834969
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019514550X.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

I suggest that erotic love is (or can be) a virtue. I contest both the cynicism and the vacuousness in much of the love literature. I argue that love is a historical emotion, involving a great deal ... More


Women on trial

Helen Cooper

in The English Romance in Time: Transforming Motifs from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the Death of Shakespeare

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199248865
eISBN:
9780191719394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248865.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The romance of the falsely accused woman led a particularly vibrant life in England, where it may have originated; Shakespeare uses such a plot in six of his plays. That the accusation is false ... More


Narratives of True Love and Twelfth-Century Common Sense

William M. Reddy

in The Making of Romantic Love: Longing and Sexuality in Europe, South Asia, and Japan, 900-1200 CE

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226706269
eISBN:
9780226706283
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226706283.003.0004
Subject:
History, World Medieval History

This chapter considers the incorporation of the courtly love ideal into the verse narratives of some Arthurian romances. It also examines the question of how widely the principles of courtly love ... More


Giving Voice to Love: Song and Self-Expression from the Troubadours to Guillaume de Machaut

Judith A. Peraino

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199757244
eISBN:
9780199918904
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199757244.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This study focuses on monophonic “courtly love” songs from roughly 1100 to the 1350s. These songs present a paradox: they conceive and express the autonomous subject—the lyric “I” represented by a ... More


‘Brother Unkind’: Annabella’s Heart in ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore

Sara Eaton

in Revenge and Gender in Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474414098
eISBN:
9781474449502
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414098.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores Giovanni’s pursuit of Annabella’s heart in John Ford’s Tis Pity She’s a Whore, suggesting that it is the Courtly lover’s necessary abject position in relation to the beloved ... More


The Story of Tristan

ROGER SCRUTON

in Death-Devoted Heart: Sex and the Sacred in Wagner's Tristan and Isolde

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195166910
eISBN:
9780199863938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166910.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter begins with a discussion of the Tristan legend, which predates the age of chivalry, probably by many centuries. The legend is generally thought to be of Celtic origin, entering medieval ... More


Service Allegory: The Great Household in Genius's Confession

Elliot Kendall

in Lordship and Literature: John Gower and the Politics of the Great Household

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199542642
eISBN:
9780191715419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542642.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The language of the great household operates in Gower's Confessio Amantis in manifold areas, including the metaphorical discourse of the confessional frame narrative. This chapter argues that the ... More


The Concept of Courtly Love

Irving Singer

in The Nature of Love: Courtly and Romantic

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262512732
eISBN:
9780262315128
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262512732.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter discusses the concept of courtly love, and how it has become muddled and indistinguishable in recent years. Some scholars have argued that the original thesis is inherently untenable ... More


The Nature of Love: Courtly and Romantic

Irving Singer

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262512732
eISBN:
9780262315128
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262512732.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This second volume of the author’s trilogy The Nature of Love studies the ideas and ideals of medieval courtly love and nineteenth-century Romantic love, as well as the transition between these two ... More


The Medieval French Pastourelle

Geri L. Smith

in The Medieval French Pastourelle Tradition: Poetic Motivations and Generic Transformations

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033365
eISBN:
9780813038889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033365.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter presents an overview of the thirteenth-century French pastourelle's principal structuring elements and subject matter, touching upon the genre's apparent preoccupations and possible ... More


The Courtliness of Andreas Capellanus

Irving Singer

in The Nature of Love: Courtly and Romantic

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262512732
eISBN:
9780262315128
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262512732.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter Andreas Capellanus’s Tractatus amoris & de amoris remedio, which is considered the one great text on courtly love. The Tractatus amoris, which was written around 1185 and condemned by ... More


Trobairitz and Troubadours and the Shadow Religion

William M. Reddy

in The Making of Romantic Love: Longing and Sexuality in Europe, South Asia, and Japan, 900-1200 CE

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226706269
eISBN:
9780226706283
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226706283.003.0003
Subject:
History, World Medieval History

This chapter examines the original cultural context of the songs of the trobairitz and troubadours, who first popularized the courtly love ideal. It shows that “courtly love,” as developed by William ... More


Medieval Romance

Irving Singer

in The Nature of Love: Courtly and Romantic

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262512732
eISBN:
9780262315128
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262512732.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Although it is believed that the romances of the Middle Ages had an insignificant effect on the lives of the people who lived during the period, this chapter will focus on the most famous medieval ... More


Conclusion

Simon Gaunt

in Love and Death in Medieval French and Occitan Courtly Literature: Martyrs to Love

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199272075
eISBN:
9780191709869
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272075.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This concluding chapter returns to the question of ethics, using a lyric by Gulhem IX, the first troubadour, to illustrate how courtly texts instantiate an ethics grounded in renunciation. It then ... More


Hope: Loving

Elizabeth Eva Leach

in Guillaume de Machaut: Secretary, Poet, Musician

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449338
eISBN:
9781501704864
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449338.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter analyzes a related central plank in Machaut's doctrine of courtly love: Hope. One of the most compact statements of the power of Hope to be found in Machaut's works occurs in a balade ... More


Love in Three Italian Poets Petrarch, Cavalcanti, Dante

Irving Singer

in The Nature of Love: Courtly and Romantic

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262512732
eISBN:
9780262315128
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262512732.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter discusses how the Hegelian dialectic is similar to the dialectical play within the thinking of the Middle Ages when it comes to the conflict between religious love and courtly love. If ... More


Introduction

William M. Reddy

in The Making of Romantic Love: Longing and Sexuality in Europe, South Asia, and Japan, 900-1200 CE

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226706269
eISBN:
9780226706283
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226706283.003.0001
Subject:
History, World Medieval History

This introductory chapter discusses the main themes covered in this book, which explores the historical origins of the Western conception of romantic love. It shows that this very specific, Western ... More


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