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|Title:||Nature and Divine Love in Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun's Le Roman de la Rose|
|Authors:||Van, Veldhuizen Angela Deborah|
|Keywords:||English Language and Literature;English Language and Literature|
|Abstract:||<p>This study examines the relationship between nature and divine love in Guillaume de Lorris (c. 1200-1240) and Jean de Meun's (c. 1235-1305) Le Roman de la Rose. My approach contextualizes the allegorical representations of nature and divine love in the religious, historical, and cultural milieu of the poem.</p> <p>The introductory chapter foregrounds the poem in two ways: first, in the theologization of 'nature' by the thirteenth century; second, in terms of a vernacular theology about Christ's Incarnation and Passion being for and about everyone because they redeem the human body and soul. Chapter Two introduces natural and cupidinous love, the framework in which the philosophical discussion of the redemption of the human body and soul occurs. The third chapter compares and contrasts Nature and Genius, the allegorical representations of nature and divine love in the poem. Chapter Four, through an examination of the Park of the Lamb, the garden of Deduit and the hierarchy of 'worlds' presented in the Roman, reveals how it is possible for humankind to live according to God's purpose.</p> <p>Having examined these features of the poem, I arrive at the conclusion that a multiplicity of views are put forth in the Roman, suggesting the necessity of an upheaval of medieval institutions which would, if followed, result in a more equitable way of living. Through the figure Nature, it is revealed to humankind that our humanity is redeemed through God's grace and love and is, consequently, in accord with God's purpose.</p>|
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