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The Oxford English Literary HistoryVolume I: 1000-1350: Conquest and Transformation$
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Laura Ashe

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199575381

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199575381.001.0001

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It Is Different with Us

It Is Different with Us

Love, Individuality, and Fiction

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(p.241) 5 It Is Different with Us
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Laura Ashe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199575381.003.0006

This chapter considers the literary representation of love in both religious and secular texts in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. It discusses the ‘sexuality’ of religious devotion, and the emergence of the love-plot in the romance as a figure for both social and economic success. It considers the differing representations of love inherited from classical authors, and developed by contemporaries into different narrative patterns. It discusses the role of privacy as a concept that enables a reorganization of social mores. Thomas of Britain’s Tristan receives extended analysis, alongside a comparison with Richard of Saint-Victor’s Four Degrees of Violent Love.

Keywords:   love, affective piety, Marie de France, courtliness, Lancelot, misogyny, Thomas of Britain, Tristan, Richard of Saint-Victor, Four Degrees of Violent Love, Privacy

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