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Spectrum of Emotions

From Love to Grief


Edited By Wojciech Drąg and Ewa Kębłowska-Ławniczak

The authors of this volume discuss the tangible need for a revision of the vocabulary of emotion used in literary criticism and culture studies. The articles offer a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches to emotional states such as love, shame, grief, nostalgia and trauma. They demonstrate that the once stable concept of emotion disintegrates in the course of re-evaluation and is replaced by such notions as affects, passions, feelings and emotions. This volume examines the representations of emotion in drama, poetry and prose – from the anonymous Court of Love (ca. 1500) to Ali Smith’s How to Be Both (2014) – as well as in life writing, music, the visual arts and theology.
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Joanna Bukowska - The Tour of The Court of Love: The Tradition of Amatory Poetry and Its Readjustments in Chaucerian Apocrypha


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Joanna Bukowska

Adam Mickiewicz University, Kalisz

The Tour of The Court of Love: The Tradition of Amatory Poetry and Its Readjustments in Chaucerian Apocrypha

Although the concept of emotions has been relatively new, passions were widely discussed in medieval literature. Such sentiments as love featured prominently in courtly manuals, allegorical poetry and romances, in which the amorous affection was usually represented in its courtly form, governed by a system of rules and conventions. The popularity of courtly love extended beyond the Middle Ages, as proved by The Court of Love, an early sixteenth-century poem, modelled on the medieval French poetry and Geoffrey Chaucer’s love visions. This early modern poem belongs to the tradition of Chaucerian apocrypha, a body of approximately fifty texts, which were either mistakenly ascribed to Chaucer in the fifteenth-century manuscripts and sixteenth-century printed collections of his works, or seen as inspired by the poet, or which were only associated with his name by the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century critics (Forni 1–3).

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