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Title: Review of Cherchi, Paolo, 'Andreas and the ambiguity of courtly love', Toronto/Buffalo/London, University of Toronto Press, 1994: cloth; pp. xv, 194; R.R.P. CAN$50.00.
Contributor(s): Ryan, John S  (author)
Publication Date: 1996
DOI: 10.1353/pgn.1996.0073
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Abstract: This powerfully argued volume provides a new reading of the 'De amore' of Andreas Capellanus. In the process it affirms the views of various critics of the last thirty years, such as D. W. Robertson, E. T. Donaldson, and F. L. Uuley, all of whom felt that the traditional notion, that Andreas was mocking married love, was too simple and in need of exposition as to the inherent ambiguity of his model of courtly love. As Cherchi stresses, the style used by he himself, a 'somewhat scholastic 'modus tractandi' (p. x), has come from his own teaching experiences. Of course, this is the nature of the original exposition and therefore is no bad thing, either historically or as a mode of clearer presentation of the present concepts.
Publication Type: Review
Source of Publication: Parergon, 13(2), p. 235-238
Publisher: Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 0313-6221
Field of Research (FOR): 220401 Christian Studies (incl Biblical Studies and Church History)
170111 Psychology of Religion
220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified
930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect)
HERDC Category Description: D3 Review of Single Work
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