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Love and Death in Medieval French and Occitan Courtly LiteratureMartyrs to Love$
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Simon Gaunt

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199272075

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272075.001.0001

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The (Queer) Look of Love: Narcissus, Bel Vezer, and Galehaut

The (Queer) Look of Love: Narcissus, Bel Vezer, and Galehaut

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(p.168) 6 The (Queer) Look of Love: Narcissus, Bel Vezer, and Galehaut
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Love and Death in Medieval French and Occitan Courtly Literature
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Simon Gaunt (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272075.003.0007

This chapter uses critical models deriving from Lacan's seminar XX, Encore, to suggest that some rather exceptional male characters in medieval texts (notably Galehaut in the Lancelot en prose) offer a queer paradigm of dying for love. Particular attention is paid to the reception of the story of Narcissus, including the most famous account in the Roman de la Rose, and to the psychoanalytic concept of the gaze.

Keywords:   Narcissus, the gaze, Roman de la Rose, troubadours, Bernart de Ventadorn, Lancelot en prose, Galehaut, queer theory

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