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Love and Death in Medieval French and Occitan Courtly Literature: Martyrs to Love

Simon Gaunt


Medieval literature is fascinated with the idea that love may be a fatal affliction. Indeed, it is frequently suggested that true love requires sacrifice, that you must be ready to die for, from, and in love. Love, in other words, is represented, sometimes explicitly, as a form of martyrdom, a notion that is repeatedly reinforced by courtly literature's borrowing of religious vocabulary and imagery. The paradigm of the martyr to love has of course remained compelling in the early modern and modern period. This book seeks to explore what is at stake in medieval literature's preoccupation with l ... More

Keywords: medieval French literature, medieval Occitan literature, troubadours, courtly love, courtly romance, death, psychoanalysis, ethics, Lacan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199272075
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272075.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Gaunt, author
Professor of French Language and Literature, King's College London
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