Titel: The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard: Perceptions of Dialogue in Twelfth-Century France
Autor/en: Constant J. Mews
Perceptions of Dialogue in Twelfth-Century France.
'The New Middle Ages'.
Übersetzt von Neville Chiavaroli, Constant Mew
April 2001 - kartoniert - 378 Seiten
In this book, Constant Mews and Neville Chiavaroli examine a medieval text long neglected by most scholars. The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard looks at the earlier correspondence between these two famous individuals, revealing the emotions and intimate exchanges that occurred between them. The perspectives presented here are very different from the view related by Abelard in his 'History of my Calamities,' an account which provoked a much more famous exchange of letters between Heloise and Abelard after they had both entered religious life. Offering a full translation of the love letters along with a copy of the actual Latin text, Mews and Chiavaroli provide an in-depth analysis of the debate concerning the authenticity of the letters and look at the way in which the relationship between Heloise and Abelard has been perceived over the centuries. They also explore the political, literary, and religious contexts in which the two figures conducted their affair, and offer new insights into Heloise as an astonishingly gifted writer, whose literary gifts were ultimately frustrated by the course of her relationship with her teacher. The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard is an extraordinary volume that will deepen the reader's understanding of these two historical figures as it enhances one's knowledge of the Middle Ages.
The Discovery of a Manuscript Memories of an Affair Paris, the Schools and the Politics of Sex Traditions of Dialogue The Language of the Love Letters The Voice of Heloise From the Letters of Two Lovers (text and translation) Select Bibliography
CONSTANT J. MEWS teaches in the Department of History at Monash University in Australia, where he is also Director of the Centre for Studies in Religion. NEVILLE CHIAVAROLI, a classicist and Italian translator, is a doctoral student in the Department of History at Monash University.
'This is an exciting work...' - Parergon, Australian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies Journal ' ... this book stands as a treasure trove of new information about Heloise, and Abelard too... This excellent edition allows us modern readers to interpret these medieval Latin letters for ourselves, and even to reconstruct the correspondence of Abelard and Heloise.' - Michael Clanchy in The Times Literary Supplement 'Important for Medievalists, feminists, and those captivated by the Heloise and Abelard myth; highly recommended.' - Library Journal 'By restoring this magnificent literary dialogue to its rightful place in Latin letters, Mews has performed a signal service not only for scholars of Abelard and Heloise, but for all who love literature.' - The Medieval Review '... a detailed and readable account... [with] the letters, Latin texts with facing-page, well-done English translations... extensive, helpful notes and a useful selected bibliography.' - Choice