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The New Middle Ages

The Flight from Desire

Augustine and Ovid to Chaucer

Authors: Edwards, R.

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This book reformulates the master narrative of erotic discourse in medieval literature. Individual chapters offer fresh readings of the nature and claims of erotic attachments in Abelard and Heloise, Marie de France, Jean de Meun, Dante, Boccaccio, and Chaucer - writers profoundly influenced by Augustine and Ovid.

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ROBERT R. EDWARDS is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University, USA. A Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge, he is the former editor-in-chief of Comparative Literature Studies, and served as Professor and Chair
of English at the University of Buffalo. His previous books include Chaucer and Boccaccio: Antiquity and Modernity, The Dream of Chaucer: Representation and Reflection in Chaucer's Early Narratives, and The Montecassino Passion and the Poetics of Medieval Drama. He has edited John Lydgate's Siege of Thebes and selections from Lydgate's Troy Book and collections of essays dealing with love and marriage in the Middle Ages and the contexts of Middle English literature.

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"The very elusiveness of desire-whose objects are always already substitutes and which therefore operates by a logic of deferral and supplementarity-, its continual reaching beyond presence, past need, and even past gratification into a realm in which the desiring subject is both agent and victim, makes it as difficult to write about as it is necessary to do so. Thus, The Flight from Desire in its very design addresses a set of important questions regarding poetic representation and writing as such. Edwards does this by a set of close readings of canonical texts arranged almost chronologically (he wisely discusses Augustine first, then Ovid) from Ovid to Chaucer by way of the correspondence of Abelard and Heloise, the Lais of Marie de France, Le Roman de Rose, the Vita Nuova, and Boccaccio's Filostrato. His control of a very large body of primary and secondary work is impressive, and his readings are always intelligent, often surprising, and sometimes exhilerating.." - Robert Stein, Professor of Language and Literature, Purchase College; Adjunct Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University


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Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Flight from Desire
Book Subtitle
Augustine and Ovid to Chaucer
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-05701-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-05701-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6411-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 219
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