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Medieval Venuses and Cupids analyzes the transformations of the love deities in later Middle English Chaucerian poetry, academic Latin discourses on classical myth (including astrology, natural philosophy, and commentaries on classical Roman literature), and French conventions that associate Venus and Cupid with Ovidian arts of love. Whereas existing studies of Venus and Cupid contend that they always and everywhere represent two loves (good and evil), the author argues that medieval discourses actually promulgate diverse, multiple, and often contradictory meanings for the deities. Venus is understood simultaneously as a planet, as a historical woman (a prostitute, a lustful woman, or a queen), and as a symbol of philosophical or spiritual truths (the dangers of cupidity, the joys of sexual pleasure, or the bonds of love that unify the cosmos). Cupid similarly is depicted as both male and female, blind and sighted, child and adult, playful and sinister, angelic and demonic.The book establishes the range of meanings bestowed on the deities through the later Middle Ages, and draws on feminist and cultural theories to offer new models for interpreting both academic Latin discourses and vernacular poetry. Since one of the deities' most prominent roles in later Middle English literature is that of sponsoring poetry, this study finally focuses on a Chaucerian poetics of Venus and Cupid. Read more... Abstract: This text analyses the transformations of the love deities in later Middle English Chaucerian poetry, academic Latin discourses on classical myth and French conventions that associate Venus and Cupid with Ovidian arts of love. Read more...
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