Language and the Declining World in Chaucer, Dante, and Jean de Meun

Language and the Declining World in Chaucer, Dante, and Jean de Meun

by John M. Fyler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521872154

ISBN-13: 9780521872157

Pub. Date: 07/19/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Medieval commentaries on the origin and history of language used biblical history, from Creation to the Tower of Babel, as their starting-point, and described the progressive impairment of an originally perfect language. Biblical and classical sources raised questions for both medieval poets and commentators about the nature of language, its participation in the

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Medieval commentaries on the origin and history of language used biblical history, from Creation to the Tower of Babel, as their starting-point, and described the progressive impairment of an originally perfect language. Biblical and classical sources raised questions for both medieval poets and commentators about the nature of language, its participation in the Fall, and its possible redemption. John M. Fyler focuses on how three major poets - Chaucer, Dante, and Jean de Meun - participated in these debates about language. He offers new analysis of how the history of language is described and debated in the Divine Comedy, the Canterbury Tales and the Roman de la Rose. While Dante follows the Augustinian idea of the Fall and subsequent redemption of language, Jean de Meun and Chaucer are skeptical about the possibilities for linguistic redemption and resign themselves, at least half-comically, to the linguistic implications of the Fall and the declining world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521872157
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/19/2007
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature Series, #63
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. The Biblical history of language; 2. Love and language in Jean de Meun; 3. Dante and Chaucer's Dante; 4. The prison-house of language; Notes; Primary sources; Bibliography; Index.

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