courtly love

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(Middle Ages) a highly conventionalized code of conduct for lovers

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The Concept of Courtly Love as an Impediment to Understanding Medieval Texts" in The Meaning of Courtly Love, ed.
In "I Cant Lie," a translation of "the oldest work in the trobairitz corpus," Keelan draws a direct connection between courtly love and the tropes of the modern sentimental ballad, doing away with any need for ironic posturing:
The opposite of heterosexual culture is nevertheless not homosexual culture or practices because, in many cases, the form of love that bound men together prior to the triumph of courtly love was not necessarily physically consummated.
For her latest poetry book, Trobairitz, she researched the trobairitz--essentially a female version of the troubadour, a 12th-century performance poet who worked around themes of courtly love.
In Beverly Taylor's view, such complexity is accomplished in part by Hemingway's play with and against the centuries-old conventions of courtly love that underlie contradictory conceptions of women and romance.
The ways in which wooing by proxy was practised by this group of male friends, for example, form a suggestive backdrop to Pandarus and Troilus's wooing of Criseyde, as does Hume's discussion of the ways in which literary depictions of courtly love are incorporated and exploited by the Paston circle, as they exchange epistolary discussions of their own flirtations and friendships.
Saint Valentine was a third century Roman saint associated since the High Middle Ages with a tradition of courtly love.
WORCESTER - A Renaissance music Mass setting inspired by a courtly love song of the 16th century, and the French chanson itself, will be performed for what may be one of the first times in hundreds of years during a concert at 7:30 tonight by Capella Alamire at All Saints Church, 10 Irving St.
The House of Holiness, like the Garden of the Rose, is guarded by personifications, but they are personifications of Christian qualities, such as Humility, Zeal and Reverence, instead of Idleness, Courtesy and Mirth, the concomitants of Courtly Love.
The concept of criminal conversation sugar-couched in the terms of Courtly Love developed among the aristocratic classes of Western Europe, during the late 11th century.
draws on an impressive array of material in this broad commentary on courtly love and chivalry, with examples from the crusades, medieval and early modern literature, and liberally mixing in Gothic Revival and Romantic works from the 19th century forward to the present day.
He described her as the "apple on the bough most out of reach," an allusion not only to the courtly love tradition but also to his memory of Gonne's complexion "delicate in colour as apple blossom" when he met her first at the age of twenty-three.
Relying on close textual analysis, the author sets out to demonstrate that Wolfram, motivated not least by a sympathetic stance towards women, was highly critical of 12th- and 13th-century constructs of courtly love as propagated by his predecessors.
With the Troubadours of medieval France, Eros is viewed as a binding force that tends to bridge the gap between sense and spirit within the periphery of courtly love (amour courtois)--a powerful plea for refined sensuality.
Rougemont had linked the Manichean mysticism of the courtly love tradition with a Western appropriation of Plato in which eros is a gateway into contemplation of the divine (55-60).