By N. Guynn
Guynn deals an cutting edge new method of the moral, cultural, and ideological research of medieval allegory. operating among poststructuralism and old materialism, he considers either the playfulness of allegory (its openness to a number of interpretations and views) and its disciplinary strength (the use of rhetoric to naturalize hegemonies and suppress distinction and dissent). finally, he argues that either trends might be associated with the consolidation of energy inside of ruling category associations and the persecution of demonized others, significantly girls and sexual minorities. The publication examines a couple of centrally canonical works, together with the verse romance Eneas, Alan of Lille's De planctu Naturae, The Romance of the Rose, and the Querelle de los angeles Rose.
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Allegorical texts bring about ideological cohesion by evoking anxieties related to the semantic and moral ambivalence of signs. Writers from Augustine to Alan of Lille and Jean de Meun relinquish mastery over the system of language and figures they use to express inexpressible truths; but that relinquishment serves to generate other forms of mastery. By unmasking its own internal contradictions or pushing them to the point of near-incoherence, allegory appears to throw its own representational and moral order into crisis.
This communion teaches man about moral conduct, natural and divine law, and the inner meaning of justice, wisdom, and faith. The influence of this new symbolism, whether rationalist or mystical in orientation, can be felt throughout the various strains of intellectual life in the High Middle Ages, including both sacred and secular traditions. ”7 Still, it could be argued that secular and ecclesiastical authors alike perceive rhetoric as the structuring principle of an earthly reality and allegory as the master trope of imaginative literature.
Unlike the “true bride of Christ,” the Jew knows not the difference between letter and RHETORIC, EVIL, AND PRIVATION 29 spirit. While precisely this blindness obviates his salvation, it simultaneously facilitates his role as witness. 50 The reason for brooking Jewish belief is not tolerance or pluralism. Indeed, Cohen believes that even though Augustine comes closer to Jewish positions on exegesis, history, and sexuality and moderates his antiJewish polemic, the reason is not that he has any meaningful contact with the Jews.