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New PDF release: Love and Death in Medieval French and Occitan Courtly

By Simon Gaunt

ISBN-10: 0199272077

ISBN-13: 9780199272075

a few of medieval culture's so much arresting photographs and tales inextricably affiliate love and loss of life. therefore the troubadour Jaufre Rudel dies within the hands of the countess of Tripoli, having enjoyed her from afar with no ever having noticeable her. Or in Marie de France's Chevrefoil, Tristan and Iseult's deadly love is hauntingly symbolized through the fatally entwined honeysuckle and hazel. And who may well overlook the airy spectacle of the Damoisele of Escalot's physique carried
to Camelot on a supernatural funerary boat with a letter on her breast explaining how her unrequited love for Lancelot killed her? Medieval literature is fascinated about the concept that love could be a deadly ailment. certainly, it's often steered that real love calls for sacrifice, you have to be ready
to die for, from, and in love. Love, in different phrases, is represented, occasionally explicitly, as a kind of martyrdom, a proposal that's again and again bolstered by way of courtly literature's borrowing of non secular vocabulary and imagery. The paradigm of the martyr to like has after all remained compelling within the early sleek and sleek period.

This ebook seeks to discover what's at stake in medieval literature's preoccupation with love's martyrdom. expert by means of sleek theoretical ways, really Lacanian psychoanalysis and Jacques Derrida's paintings on ethics, it bargains new readings of quite a lot of French and Occitan courtly texts from the 12th and 13th centuries, and argues new secular ethics of hope emerges from courtly literature as a result of its fascination with demise. This ebook additionally examines the interplay
between lyric and romance in courtly literary tradition and indicates how courtly literature's predilection for sacrificial wish imposes a repressive sex-gender method that can then be subverted by way of fictional ladies and queers who both fail to die on cue, or who die in difficult and disruptive
ways.

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