Comedy of Eros : Medieval French Guides to the Art of Love

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  • ISBN-13: 9780756790103
  • ISBN: 0756790107
  • Edition: 2
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing Company


Shapiro, Norman R., Wadsworth, James B., Bowden, Betsy


This high-spirited collection of medieval French love poetry in modern translation takes delightful advantage of the preoccupation of writers of that time & place with love & sex. Decidedly sexist by today's standards, the volume offers the modern reader translations from seven texts, among them Ovid's Ars amatoria,Ó one of the earliest practicalÓ love guides -- a satirical treatise chockablock with shrewd tips for seducers & lovers -- as well as selections from the anonymous On Courtesy,Ó from Robert de Blois's Advice to Ladies,Ó & four other works. The illustrations -- 7 woodcuts by Robert & Corinne Borja -- are a blend of modern & medieval styles. Renowned translator Norman R. Shapiro is a prof. at Wesleyan Univ.Shapiro, Norman R. is the author of 'Comedy of Eros : Medieval French Guides to the Art of Love', published 2003 under ISBN 9780756790103 and ISBN 0756790107.

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