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Tamainte Consolation / Me Fist Lymagination: A Poetics of Mourning and Imagination in Late Medieval Dits

  • Helen J. Swift
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Abstract

This chapter investigates how the presentation of mourning lovers in several late medieval French narrative poems may be viewed figuratively as a commentary on contemporary literary creativity.

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Mental Image Imaginative Activity Intercessory Prayer Prior Text Erotic Pursuit 
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Notes

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    I highlight here the active, mobile nature of the vis ymaginativa and shall be emphasizing below its function as a mental process leading outward from memoria, rather than inward, considering mnemonic activity as a potentially (re)creative, rather than a retentive, power. The terminology of faculty psychology I employ draws on an Avicennan model (see Ruth Harvey, The Inward Wits: Psychological Theory in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance [London: Warburg Institute, 1975], pp. 39–61).Google Scholar
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© Catherine E. Léglu and Stephen J. Milner 2008

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  • Helen J. Swift

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