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Magister Amoris: The Roman de la Rose and Vernacular Hermeneutics

Alastair J. Minnis


The Roman de la Rose by Jean de Meun was a major bestseller, largely due to its robust treatment of ‘natural’ sexuality. This book concentrates on the ways in which de Meun, in imitation of Ovid, assumed the mock-magisterium (or mastership) of love. From Latin texts and literary theory, de Meun derived many hermeneutic rationales and generic categorisations, without allowing any one to dominate. The book considers allegorical versus literalistic expression in the poem, its competing discourses of allegorical covering and satiric stripping, de Meun's provocative use of plain and sometimes obsce ... More

Keywords: Roman de la Rose, poem, Jean de Meun, Ovid, mock-magisterium, allegorical expression, homoeroticism, vernacular hermeneutics, natural sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198187547
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187547.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alastair J. Minnis, author
University of York