Sciences and the Self in Medieval Poetry: Alan of Lille's Anticlaudianus and John Gower's Confessio Amantis

Sciences and the Self in Medieval Poetry: Alan of Lille's Anticlaudianus and John Gower's Confessio Amantis

by James Simpson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521021111

ISBN-13: 9780521021111

Pub. Date: 07/28/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This study examines two great poems of the later medieval period, the Latin philosophical epic, Alan of Lille's Anticlaudianus (1181-3), and John Gower's English poem, the Confessio Amantis (1390-3). James Simpson locates these works in a cultural context dominated by two kinds of literary humanism, in which the concept of self is centered in the intellect and the

Overview

This study examines two great poems of the later medieval period, the Latin philosophical epic, Alan of Lille's Anticlaudianus (1181-3), and John Gower's English poem, the Confessio Amantis (1390-3). James Simpson locates these works in a cultural context dominated by two kinds of literary humanism, in which the concept of self is centered in the intellect and the imagination respectively, and shows the very different modes of thought that lie behind their conceptions of selfhood and education.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521021111
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature Series, #25
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The outer form of the Anticlaudianus; 3. A preposterous interpretation of the Anticlaudianus; 4. Alan's philosopher-king; 5. Ovidian disunity in Gower's Confessio Amantis; 6. Genius's psychological information in Book III; 7. The primacy of politics in the Confessio Amantis; 8. Poetics; 9. Conclusion: varieties of humanist politics.

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