The Flight from Desire
This book seeks to reformulate the master narrative of erotic discourse in medieval literature. Starting from the traditions initiated by Augustine's Confessions and Ovid's Ars Amatoria and Remedia Amoris, it resituates the love doctrine of medieval texts in a literary dialectic with desire. Individual chapters offer fresh readings of the nature and claims of erotic attachments in Abelard and Heloise, Marie de France, Jean de Meun, Dante, Boccaccio, and Chaucer - writers profoundly influenced by Augustine and Ovid. In these writers, desire emerges as both a topic capable of sustained moral reflection and a source for private and social identity.