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Contemporary examine means that feelings are mostly built and played and that narrative is among the most crucial practices in which humans turn into emotionally aware.  Narrative literature therefore bargains a privileged technique of exploring the emotional criteria and varieties of the prior. The essays accumulated the following discover medieval, romance emotional groups via either fictional and non-fictional narratives in French, Spanish, and Italian texts starting from the 12th via 15th centuries. by means of following those ladies characters of their concerns, we will be able to wish either to profit anything in regards to the instances the ladies have been writing in, whereas to enriching and enlarging our personal emotionologies.

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In effect, the poet’s suggestion of cultural relativism appears to negate his prior assessment of the Thracian king’s love as base and perverse (l. 212–18, 482–88) precisely because his prejudicial remarks on Tereus’s abuse of courtly rhetoric may be confused with the ineptitude of a foreigner who unsuccessfully apes local custom. Just prior to the narrative’s central event, the rape and mutilation of Philomena, Chrétien’s tyrant (l. 11) employs courtly language, to implore Philomena to become his lover: “ ‘Beauty,’ says he, ‘you should know now that I love you and ask that you make me your lover; and may it be kept secret if it is to last’ ” [“Bele,” fet il, “or sachiez bien/Que je vos aim et si vos pri/Que de moi façoiz vostre ami,/Et ceste chose soit celee/ Se vos volez qu’ele et duree” (235; l.

Procne’s excessive grief becomes apparent when she mourns her sister’s false death, as the funeral speech in which she addresses Death—and in which she specifically mourns the loss of Philomena’s beauty37—is one of the longest of the entire poem (l. 38 In mourning the visible mark of her sister’s courtliness, Procne reminds the audience that Philomena’s status in courtly society derives from her physical beauty and intellectual talent, and that Tereus’s selfish fulfillment of his desire has invalidated Philomena’s value to civilized society.

In Reflections in the Frame: New Perspectives on the Study of Medieval Literature, ed. Peter Allen and Jeff Rider, Exemplaria 3:1 (Binghamton: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1991), 243–266; idem, “L’Utilité du Moyen Âge,” Itinéraires LTC (Littérature, Textes, Cultures), 2010, no. 3. 35–46. Stearns and Stearns, “Emotionology,” 820–821. See Oatley, “Social Construction in Emotions,” 346, and Rosenwein, Emotional Communities 26–29. indd 22 7/18/2011 5:35:55 PM T H E I N N E R L I F E OF WOM E N 23 42.

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