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Language and the Declining World in Chaucer, Dante, and Jean de Meun (Hardcover)

Author: Fyler, John M.

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Medieval commentaries on the origin and history of language used biblical history, from Creation to the Tower of Babel, as their starting-point, and described the progressive impairment of an originally perfect language. Biblical and classical sources raised questions for both medieval poets and commentators about the nature of language, its participation in the Fall, and its possible redemption. John M. Fyler focuses on how three major poets - Chaucer, Dante, and Jean de Meun - participated in these debates about language. He offers new analyses of how the history of language is described and debated in the Divine Comedy, the Canterbury Tales and the Roman de la Rose. While Dante follows the Augustinian idea of the Fall and subsequent redemption of language, Jean de Meun and Chaucer are skeptical about the possibilities for linguistic redemption and resign themselves, at least half-comically, to the linguistic implications of the Fall and the declining world.

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Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521872157
SKU 204177234
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0521872154
Release Date 5/29/2012
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0306
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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