By K. Andersen-Wyman
Andersen-Wyman's publication undoes so much scholarly makes use of and understandings of De amore through Andreas Capellanus. via providing a examining promoted by means of the textual content itself, Andersen-Wyman indicates how Andreas undermines the narrative foundations of sacred and secular associations and renders their energy absurd. Her e-book bargains the simplest rationalization but for why Andreas's used to be one among basically books condemned via 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 ladies in society, can make his ebook harmful in virtually any period.
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Finally, the texts of both authors not only instruct the reader to read carefully but also force him or her to do so. Andreas’s text teaches suspicion of socializing practices and the narratives that promote them, whereas Richard’s supports the use of personalized fictions to socialize desire even as it exposes those fictions for what they are. I also base my approach to Andreas’s text upon the ideas of relevant critical theorists of the twentieth century. Among them, my way of reading has been most influenced by Mikhail Bakhtin’s theory of “registers,” analogous to symphonic music, voiced in a given discourse.
Not surprisingly, Andreas’s text is contemporaneous with the development of contrapuntal polyphony in music. Another of Bakhtin’s theories that I have found particularly useful for reading Andreas’s text, is that of carnival, because Andreas’s text burlesques the powers that be. 66 Andreas’s text does not provide the reader a way of blowing off steam but of building it up. Andreas’s text seems to suggest that no hierarchy would be best; meanwhile, like carnival, the world upside down would be an improvement, particularly in the elevation of the lower half of woman.
37 The mistake, in my view, that both Roy and Bowden make is to see the work as being univocally about sex. Reading Andreas’s text as being as serious as it is funny, acknowledging its theoretical and sociopolitical interests, as well as its sexual ones is not only a textual and contextual way to read it but also corresponds to its history. The reading that I propose makes more sense of the history of the work’s manuscript transmission, or of what we know of it at this point, than other readings have yet done.
Andreas Capellanus on Love?: Desire, Seduction, and Subversion in a Twelfth-Century Latin Text (Studies in Arthurian and Courtly Cultures) by K. Andersen-Wyman