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Jean de Meun, <i>Le Roman de la Rose</i>: Bele a coilles

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/9780226724607.003.0010
Jean de Meun, Le Roman de la Rose: Bele a coilles

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Reason identifies Amant's shortcomings as an error of interpretation, and, through her references to pedagogy and literacy, Jean invites his own readers to interpret the sense underlying the “fable occure” of Saturn that he has made her recount. As observed previously, Reason introduces the fable as an aside to her discussion of justice and its merits relative to charitable love, and, in this, its primary context, it hardly seems obscure in significance. However, it is indeed relevant to the debate on words and things, since, like the remarks Amant and Reason make on God's implication in semiotics, it addresses the transition from one era to another and complements the wider concern with the proper way to signify in the wake of the Fall.

Keywords: pedagogy; Amant; Reason; fable; charitable love; semiotics

Chapter.  9270 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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