Andreas Capellanus, Scholasticism, and the Courtly Tradition by Monson PDF

By Monson

ISBN-10: 081321419X

ISBN-13: 9780813214191

This ebook, the 1st research in English committed totally to Andreas Capellanus's De Amore, offers a complete inquiry into the impact of scholasticism at the constitution and association of the paintings, utilizing equipment of medieval philosophy and highbrow heritage to an enormous 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 e-book explores the typical id of the paintings, either a systematic treatise and a pragmatic handbook. It relates this typical complexity to a stress among rhetoric and dialectic and explores the work's intertextual personality by way of the professionals pointed out and the literary versions structuring the discourse. In gentle of those issues, Monson examines the trendy 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 particularly when it comes to Aristotelian causality. He then explores Andreas's love psychology and body structure, together with the jobs of sight, meditation, wish, and should, the actual and psychological standards 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 popularity. the ultimate bankruptcy stories the moral measurement of the treatise, determining complementary elements: an try to reconcile sexual love with Christian morality, via the rejection of affection at the grounds in their incompatibility.

Monson's thorough exam of the textual content demands a reputation of the profound complexity of the De amore, noticeable in its shape and contents. even if no longer a key to "courtly love," the textual content occupies a distinct place on the crossroads of numerous medieval traditions and may tremendously give a contribution to the knowledge of affection in medieval literature and culture.


Don A. Monson is professor of French on the university of William and Mary.


"Monson masters the enormous literature touching on Andreas Capellanus's De amore and explains the trendy number of interpretations. He offers a outstanding examining of the De amore, the main balanced, insightful, discovered, and persuasive research to this point. In a fashion by no means performed sooner than he experiences the 'form' of De amore, plunging into modes of studying, the method of Medieval artes, and Scholasticism.... a masterly booklet 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 applicable scholarship evaluates the that means of the paintings, taking account not just of its critical intentions but additionally, considerably, the relative weaknesses of Andreas's skill to address his fabric. will probably be required interpreting for those who deal with Andreas and problems with courtly love within the future."--Douglas Kelly, Professor Emeritus, college of Wisconsin-Madison

"Don A. Monson's e-book is an attentive and diligent research of Andreas Capellanus's De Amore.... Monson's research is wealthy with attention-grabbing insights into De Amore.... This tremendous unique piece of scholarship is written sincerely and includes a huge choice of simple assets and references." -- Rossella Pescatori, Comitatus

"Monson's paintings undertakes the super advanced activity of teasing out a number of the discourses which provide form and aspiring to the treatise, noting the entire whereas that ele

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21 (trans. Taylor, p. 74). 62. Ibid. 30 (pp. 79, 81). 63. Ibid. 1 (p. 62). 64. 1, ad secundum (ed. Blackfriars, p. 9). 40 p r o b l e m s o f f o r m nouncement reflects the Aristotelian rationalism of the thirteenth century, but something of the same attitude is already discernable in Hugh of St. ”65 On the whole, however, the twelfth century was more prone to see the various branches of learning as organized hierarchically, in accordance with a Christian scale of values. This attitude is best expressed, once again, by Hugh of St.

34. 5. Cf. Parry, p. 31, n. ” For a discussion of the principle of etymologizing, cf. 29. 35. 1 (36) [my emphasis]. Cf. Walsh, p. 37: “Amor is derived from the verb amo, meaning catch or be caught, for the lover is caught in the bonds of desire and longs to catch another on his hook (hamo)”; Parry, p. ” The wordplay on amo, “I love,” and (h)amo, ablative of hamus, “hook,” is difficult to render into English. 36. For the use of the word castitas to describe the fidelity to one woman in a love relationship, see below, Chapter 8.

V. 40 On the other hand, the regula of Book Two all take the form of “representatives,” or declarative statements in the third person indicative. In many cases the descriptive character of these declarations is reinforced through a variety of techniques, including the use of the verbs solet (nos. 6, 29) and consuevit (nos. , no. 2) indicating general truths, and the use of the adverb semper, “always” (nos. 4, 10, 20, 21; cf. raro, “rarely,” no. 13), of the negative indefinite pronouns nemo, “no one” (nos.

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