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Magister Amoris: The Roman de la Rose and Vernacular Hermeneutics$
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Alastair J. Minnis

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198187547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187547.001.0001

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Theorizing the Rose: Crises of Textual Authority in the Querelle de la Rose

Theorizing the Rose: Crises of Textual Authority in the Querelle de la Rose

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Magister Amoris: The Roman de la Rose and Vernacular Hermeneutics
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ALASTAIR MINNIS

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187547.003.0006

During the period 1401–1403 occurred the famous Querelle de la Rose, in which Jean Gerson, theologian and chancellor of the University of Paris, and the ‘proto-feminist’ Christine de Pizan debated with three ‘early humanists’, the Col brothers, Pierre and Gontier, and Jean de Montreuil, provost of Lisle. The very same battles have been fought over again during the past forty years, Jean de Meun having found vigorous advocates in the persons of D.W. Robertson Jr. and John Fleming, who have followed their 15th-century counterparts in taking the line that the poem Roman de la Rose functions as a rigorous remedium amoris, the voice of the author being the voice of reason — and specifically, of de Meun's figure Raison. This chapter examines the significance of the various appropriations and adaptations of Latin critical discourse which occurred in the querelle, with the standard medieval criticism of Ovid figuring largely in the discussion.

Keywords:   Roman de la Rose, Jean de Meun, Ovid, Jean Gerson, Christine de Pizan, Jean de Montreuil, Pierre Col, Gontier Col, Querelle de la Rose

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