Andreas Capellanus on Love?: Desire, Seduction, and Subversion in a Twelfth-Century Latin Text

Andreas Capellanus on Love?: Desire, Seduction, and Subversion in a Twelfth-Century Latin Text

by K. Andersen-Wyman

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Andersen-Wyman's book undoes most scholarly uses and understandings of De amore by Andreas Capellanus. By offering a reading promoted by the text itself, Andersen-Wyman shows how Andreas undermines the narrative foundations of sacred and secular institutions and renders their power absurd.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349530137
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 03/11/2008
Series: Arthurian and Courtly Cultures
Edition description: 1st ed. 2007
Pages: 273
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

KATHLEEN ANDERSEN-WYMAN is Assistant Professor of English and Humanities at Brazosport College, USA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Preface     xi
Introduction     1
The Difficulty of Reading Andreas's Text     4
Readership and Historical Context     7
The Critics     18
My Approach     25
Outline     29
Note on Translations and Manuscript Edition     33
Fish or Fowl (or, Is There a Genre in This Text?)     35
Transgressing the Boundaries of Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric     36
Genre Trouble, Reading Instructions, and Other Formalities     40
Deconstructing Gender and Culture: A Reading of the First Five Chapters     48
Repetition in Andreas's Text     67
How Repetition in Andreas's Text Subverts Social Hierarchies     70
How Repetition in Andreas's Text Subverts Religion     90
On Clerical Intertexts and the Subversion of Seduction     113
Author/ity     116
Positions of Mastery and the Rhetoric of Eros     131
Seduction and Critical Distance     140
On Confessio and the Charm of Free Choice     149
Andreas and Walter     159
Andreas's Desire Uncovered     160
Identities     173
Readership     181
FeminineDesire and the Transgendered Agents of Andreas's Text     188
Andreas on Women     201
On the Discourse of Misogyny     202
Women's Religion     226
Notes     237
Bibliography     253
Author Index     267
Subject Index     269

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