The corporeal orientation: Understanding deviance through the object(s) of love

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Barbezat, Michael D. 2020. The corporeal orientation: Understanding deviance through the object(s) of love. in: A. Lynch and S. Broomhall (ed.) The Routledge History of Emotions in Europe: 1100-1700 London, United Kingdom: Routledge. pp. 119 - 132
AuthorsBarbezat, Michael D.
EditorsA. Lynch and S. Broomhall
Abstract

[Extract] In this chapter, I attempt to relate some common approaches to the history of the emotions to central concepts in medieval Western Christian theology, premodern theories of cognition and modern queer theory. I will first explore some of these theoretical approaches before analysing the essential framework of the corporeal orientation as found in the work of Augustine of Hippo. Next, I will interrogate how these ideas function in the twelfth-century account of human cognition offered by Hugh of St Victor. From Hugh, I will examine how Chaucer’s Pardoner, in the fourteenth century, exemplifies the idea of a corporeal love as described by Augustine and Hugh. Finally, I will briefly examine how the Fall of humanity in Milton’s seventeenth-century Paradise Lost follows the framework of the corporeal orientation outlined earlier by Augustine, Hugh and Chaucer.

Page range119 - 132
Year2020
Book titleThe Routledge History of Emotions in Europe: 1100-1700
PublisherRoutledge
Place of publicationLondon, United Kingdom
ISBN9781138727625
Web address (URL)https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/acu/detail.action?docID=5798054
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
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