Beasts of Love

Beasts of Love

Richard De Fournival's Bestiaire D'amour and A Woman's Response

eBook - 2003
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"The first gendered prose debate in a European vernacular, Le Bestiaire d'amour and the subsequent Response constitute a clash of opposites: a medieval chancellor's erotic bestiary to a woman is countered by the woman's passionate protest against the cleric's misogynistic presuppositions. Jeanette Beer presents a close, linear reading of the two literary texts, examining the context that led to the love-bestiary's production in the thirteenth century (especially an influential version of the Physiologus by Pierre de Beauvais), the suggestiveness of the animal symbolism, and the aftermath of the debate."
"In her exploration of Le Bestiaire d'amour and the Response, Beer analyses the disparity of their sexual, philosophical, and theological orientations, and considers, animal by animal, this gendered duelling of the two bestiaries, the symbolism of the one calqued upon the symbolism of the other. Largely neglected for seven hundred years, Le Bestiaire d'amour and Response address issues that are universally relevant: male and female expectations in love, sexual dominance, sexual exploitation, and female strategies for self-preservation in a society where women were powerless and vulnerable."--Jacket.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : University of Toronto Press, Ă2003
ISBN: 9781442671195
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 214 pages)


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