Alain de Lille, <i>De Plandu Naturae</i>: The Vulgar Whorehouses of the Earth

David Rollo

in Kiss My Relics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780226724614
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226724607 | DOI:
Alain de Lille, De Plandu Naturae: The Vulgar Whorehouses of the Earth

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Nature habitually resides among the hieratic mysteries of the divine, inaccessible to men and women and accordingly beyond their ken. In the view of Nature, to condescend to humanity, as she presently must, is an act of self-vilification. But it is inevitable, a consequence of the necessity of making herself accessible to the very category she denounces, and that is the falsigraphus, who, as she indicates, already inhabits the context of harlotry she is now forced to enter. In order to be understood, Nature must join the falsigraphus in the whorehouses of the earth and employ the discourse of humanity. This entails recourse to the homoerotic couplings of the language she must now speak and to the displacing figurations she once tried to preclude. But it also entails recourse to something of even greater import.

Keywords: humanity; self-vilification; falsigraphus; nature; whorehouses; figurations; harlotry

Chapter.  10577 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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