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Jean de Meun, <i>Le Roman de la Rose:</i> Unrefined Reason

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226724607.003.0009
Jean de Meun, Le Roman de la Rose: Unrefined Reason

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The debate on the desirability of euphemism has become one of the most highly scrutinized parts of the romance, particularly with regard to the role of Reason. John V. Fleming has adopted the most critically eccentric view, arguing that Reason's defense of Augustinian caritas over all other forms of love and friendship (including the carnal desire that impels Amant) reflects Jean's espousal of a reasoned altruism as the ideal foundation for human negotiations. The position of his explicit antagonist in this debate, Thomas D. Hill, has proven, nonetheless, to be far more influential. Reason, Hill contends, is herself constrained by Jean's irony and periodically betrays the inadequacies of the category she personifies.

Keywords: euphemism; romance; Reason; love and friendship; carnal desire; Le Roman de la Rose

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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