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Jean de Meun, Le Roman de la Rose: Unrefined Reason

Jean de Meun, Le Roman de la Rose: Unrefined Reason

Chapter:
(p.168) Chapter Eight Jean de Meun, Le Roman de la Rose: Unrefined Reason
Source:
Kiss My Relics
Author(s):
David Rollo
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226724607.003.0009

The debate on the desirability of euphemism has become one of the most highly scrutinized parts of the romance, particularly with regard to the role of Reason. John V. Fleming has adopted the most critically eccentric view, arguing that Reason's defense of Augustinian caritas over all other forms of love and friendship (including the carnal desire that impels Amant) reflects Jean's espousal of a reasoned altruism as the ideal foundation for human negotiations. The position of his explicit antagonist in this debate, Thomas D. Hill, has proven, nonetheless, to be far more influential. Reason, Hill contends, is herself constrained by Jean's irony and periodically betrays the inadequacies of the category she personifies.

Keywords:   euphemism, romance, Reason, love and friendship, carnal desire, Le Roman de la Rose

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