The Romance of the Rose

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Princeton University Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 450 pages
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Many English-speaking readers of the Roman de la rose, the famous dream allegory of the thirteenth century, have come to rely on Charles Dahlberg's elegant and precise translation of the Old French text. His line-by-line rendering in contemporary English is available again, this time in a third edition with an updated critical apparatus. Readers at all levels can continue to deepen their understanding of this rich tale about the Lover and his quest--against the admonishments of Reason and the obstacles set by Jealousy and Resistance--to pluck the fair Rose in the Enchanted Garden.

The original introduction by Dahlberg remains an excellent overview of the work, covering such topics as the iconographic significance of the imagery and the use of irony in developing the central theme of love. His new preface reviews selected scholarship through 1990, which examines, for example, the sources and influences of the work, the two authors, the nature of the allegorical narrative as a genre, the use of first person, and the poem's early reception. The new bibliographic material incorporates that of the earlier editions. The sixty-four miniature illustrations from thirteenth-and fifteenth-century manuscripts are retained, as are the notes keyed to the Langlois edition, on which the translation is based.

  

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Review: The Romance of the Rose

User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

Heh. Heh. That's dirty, Beavis. While this work has a lot going for it, digressions abound, and they serve no noticeable purpose in many cases. The problem is, the text is long enough, and the ... Read full review

Review: The Romance of the Rose

User Review  - Daniel Wright - Goodreads

I read this because I'm trying to read the complete works of CS Lewis, and you can't really read The Allegory of Love without first reading all the works he comments on, one of which is this one. I ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Unity of the Two Parts
2
The Technique of Irony
5
Style and Theme
10
The Theme of Love
12
The Illustrations
22
The Present Translation
26
The Dream of Love
29
The Advice of Friend 723110002
138
The Assault on the Castle False Seemings Contribution 1000312380
179
The Old Womans Intercession 1238114807
216
Attack and Repulse 1480815890
253
Natures Confession 1589119438
270
Geniuss Solution 1943920703
321
Venuss Conflagration and the Winning of the Rose 2070421780
339
Notes
355

The Garden the Fountain and the Rose 11680
31
The God of Love and the Affair of the Heart 16812970
54
The Involvement of Reason and the Castle of Jealousy 29714085
73
The Overthrow of Reason
89
Discourse of Reason 40597230
91
Table of Concordances Between LineNumbering in Langlois and Lecoy Editions
427
Bibliography
429
Index
439
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About the author (1995)

Dahlberg is a retired Professor of English in Queens College, CUNY.

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