The Meaning of Courtly Love: Papers of the First Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, State University of New York at Binghamton, March 17-18, 1967

The Meaning of Courtly Love: Papers of the First Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, State University of New York at Binghamton, March 17-18, 1967

The Meaning of Courtly Love: Papers of the First Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, State University of New York at Binghamton, March 17-18, 1967

The Meaning of Courtly Love: Papers of the First Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, State University of New York at Binghamton, March 17-18, 1967

Synopsis

"Five major papers, explore the concept of courtly love and highlight the importance of the concept for understanding medieval literature. The authors discuss several literatures - particularly English, German, and Italian - and present vigorous arguments from various segments of the critical/historical spectrum. The papers, by D. W. Robertson, Jr., John Benton, W. T. H. Jackson, Charles S. Singleton, and Theodore Silverstein, are complemented by the transcript of a lively discussion."

Excerpt

This book consists of five papers read at a conference sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies of the State University of New York at Binghamton on March 17-18, 1967. A partial transcript of the round-table discussion which concluded the conference follows the texts of the papers. A selected bibliography of recent writings on the subject of courtly love has been appended to the conference record, both to suggest the background of scholarship against which the conference took place and to provide the interested reader with a guide to further exploration of the question.

The papers were originally written to be heard rather than read and, although each speaker has had the opportunity to revise his contribution, none has chosen to make substantial alterations in his original text. These pages are therefore intended to be a written record of what was an oral event and retain, it is hoped, some of the informality and spontaneity that marked the conference itself. The papers, it should be added, are entirely independent of each other. Since the circumstances of the occasion prevented an exchange of texts, the speakers knew only the titles of the other contributions in advance of the conference. Therefore, whatever consistency or conflict the reader may notice as he proceeds from essay to essay is not the product of design, but the result of the commonly felt pressures of the subject itself.

That subject is courtly love (or amour courtois, or höfische Minne, or amore corteze) and the aim of the Center in sponsoring the conference was to prompt a public examination of the vitality of the conception among contemporary medievalists. Ever since . . .

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