By K. Andersen-Wyman
Andersen-Wyman's booklet undoes such a lot scholarly makes use of and understandings of De amore by way of Andreas Capellanus. by means of delivering a examining promoted by way of the textual content itself, Andersen-Wyman exhibits how Andreas undermines the narrative foundations of sacred and secular associations and renders their strength absurd. Her e-book deals the easiest rationalization but for why Andreas's used to be certainly one of in basic terms books condemned via Bishop Tempier in 1276: the instruments Andreas bargains his readers, in addition to what Andreas indicates approximately his personal wish and what may be where of ladies in society, can make his ebook risky in virtually any period.
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It is certain that Andreas’s text participates in that level of literary awareness. But like the proponents of complete seriousness, Cherniss accounts for inconsistencies in the text by attributing them to sloppiness. ”56 And, as is my contention with many excellent readers of Andreas’s text, this sort of explanation does not account for the seriousness with which the text was condemned. I agree that the textual evidence is more conducive to Cherniss’s conclusion than to many others, but, for me, this is only the sort of conclusion one builds from, not at which one finishes.
Although this accessus could function as a sort of table of contents, it does not do so in an orderly, logical, or complete fashion. The headings of the chapters that follow the accessus also inadequately describe their contents, and they do not follow the outline given in the accessus. For instance, the accessus says nothing about the discussion of “shameful loves,” which is ostensibly the subject matter of the last six chapters of Book I, nor is any mention made of the infamous Book III. Perhaps this approach expects too much of an accessus.
This type of reading makes Andreas, in effect, the authority on courtly love. This kind of reading has been the most prevalent until relatively recently. J. Denomy, has not avoided or tried to explain away the difficulties of this text, yet they agree with Lewis and de Rougemont that Andreas’s purpose is essentially serious and that the work is about courtly love. 49 I agree that all three books are serious, but I do not agree that they are about courtly love. The main problem with Denomy’s view, besides that of courtly love, is that there were in fact no medieval proponents of double truth.
Andreas Capellanus on Love?: Desire, Seduction, and Subversion in a Twelfth-Century Latin Text (Studies in Arthurian and Courtly Cultures) by K. Andersen-Wyman