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Nature, sex, and goodness in a Medieval literary tradition

Author: Hugh White
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
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"Readership: Scholars and students of medieval literature and ethical and religious thinking." "'Nature' is a significant term in medieval ethical discourse. This book examines the idea of the natural in the work of major writers, including Jean de Meun, Gower, and Chaucer. Often understood to be on the side of reason and the good, nature can also be associated with the animal, the non-rational, and as such can be  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Guillaume, de Lorris; Alanus, de Insulis; Geoffrey Chaucer; Jean, de Meun; John Gower; Jean, de Meung; John Gower; Guillaume, de Lorris; Guillaume, de Lorris; Alain, de Lille; Geoffrey Chaucer; Jean, de Meun; John Gower; Alanus, de Insulis; Geoffrey Chaucer; John Gower; Jean, de Meun; Guillaume, de Lorris.; Jean, de Meung.; Alanus, ab Insulis.; Guillaume <de Lorris>; Jean <de Meung>; Geoffrey Chaucer; John Gower
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Hugh White
ISBN: 0198187300 9780198187301
OCLC Number: 44502410
Description: ix, 278 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Academic Natures ; The Moral Status of the Natural in Middle English Vernacular Writings ; Natura Vicaria Dei ; The Roman de la Rose ; Further French Natures ; Gower ; Chaucer ; Works Cited ; Index
Responsibility: Hugh White.
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"Nature" is an important term in the ethical discourse of the Middle Ages and a leading concept in medieval literature. This book examines the moral status of the natural in medieval writings,  Read more...

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Hugh White demonstrates convincingly that the concept of Nature inherited from the classical period and developed throughout the Middle Ages was morally equivocal. Modern Language Review Read more...

 
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