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By K. Andersen-Wyman

Andersen-Wyman's ebook undoes such a lot scholarly makes use of and understandings of De amore by means of Andreas Capellanus. by means of providing a analyzing promoted by way of the textual content itself, Andersen-Wyman indicates how Andreas undermines the narrative foundations of sacred and secular associations and renders their strength absurd. Her publication deals the simplest clarification but for why Andreas's was once one in every of basically books condemned through Bishop Tempier in 1276: the instruments Andreas bargains his readers, in addition to what Andreas indicates approximately his personal hope and what will be where of girls in society, can make his e-book harmful in nearly any period.

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Further, although Monson sees Andreas’s text rightly enough as a “discourse on discourses” (346), he does not acknowledge its threat to institutions. In fact, from Monson’s conclusions about the text, it is hard to see why Tempier would have bothered to condemn it. Monson cites Andreas’s “moral commitment” (342) but does not see that moral commitment as being in any way antiestablishment. I do. However out of favor or truly questionable, either for philological or theoretical reasons, a “reading” of Andreas’s work may be at this point in the history of literary criticism and theory, the text compels readers to engage in that very human enterprise: the making of meaning.

For Cantica Canticorum (the Latin title of Songs of Songs); and Sap. for Sapientia (the apocryphal book, The Wisdom of Solomon, found in Vulgate versions of the Old Testament. English references to this work are simply “Wisdom”). I use the New English Bible for Bible quotations in English, unless otherwise noted, as it is the closest in modern English to the Latin Vulgate. All italics appear in the original unless otherwise noted. ) The actors are come hither, my lord . . The best actors in the world, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited.

If lawyers were the mediators of language and meaning in the social and secular world, and priests were the mediators of language and meaning in the ecclesiastic and sacred world, and if Andreas’s text occupies itself with those worlds and with the powers and permutations of language in and on them, it is no wonder that lawyers and churchmen collected the text. Andreas’s text is, in fact, useful toward interpreting any “page,” including any aspect of life as it might be perceived by a given reading subject.

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