By N. Guynn
Guynn bargains an leading 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). eventually, he argues that either developments may be associated with the consolidation of strength inside of ruling type associations and the persecution of demonized others, significantly girls and sexual minorities. The e-book examines a few 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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It survives even the advent of the new Aristotelianism, which typically replaces symbolism with the empirical science of definitions and categories and prefers dialectic to rhetoric. Like Augustine, Aquinas is profoundly aware of the limitations of human cognition and verbal signs and is careful to articulate the need to transcend natural science and rhetorical images through intuition and faith. ”14 In short, whether they are interested in the empirical observation of the creation, the poetic evocation of mystery, or the pursuit of the mystical significance of the “thing,” the medieval symbolists are always conscious of the ultimate incomprehensibility of the divine plan and are profoundly mistrustful of the human intellect and its ability to discern or signify higher truths in signs.
By this I mean not simply how an ethical or metaethical theory yields moral and political praxes but how theory is itself a form of praxis—a means for constituting subjectivity as intrinsically frail, and the body as a privileged site of moral vulnerability and rectification. If, as I have argued above, Augustine bolsters the authority of his own vision of Catholic doctrine by inventing scapegoats (heretics, Jews, women), then might the designation of evil as nothingness be used to legitimate the elimination of dissent or the annihilation of dissenters as already tending toward nothingness?
According to authors like Bernard Sylvester, Alan of Lille, and John of Hanville, scientific observation and allegorical poetry provide readers with experiential and intuitional knowledge about the divine ordering of the universe and in so doing allow the mind to ascend from divine immanence toward divine transcendence, from the natural toward the supernatural. Figuration, especially of nature or the cosmos, serves the purposes of wisdom and understanding by providing access to the inner reality of things as well as the sublime reality of essences.