No. 2 (2016): The Theory and Phenomenology of Love
The Theory and Phenomenology of Love

This second issue of Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European Literatures addresses the subject of “The Theory and Phenomenology of Love.” It brings together readings of medieval representations and explanations of love as an affection, passion, sentiment, attraction, or tension, with work on the connections between literary discourses of love and the history both of emotions and gender roles. Approaching the subject of the nature of love, and the ways it manifests itself, the authors create links between ­scientific and poetic discourse and highlight the relationship between the experiences of love, described and treated in literary texts, and the specific historical, cultural, and social environments in which those texts were produced.

Cover image: Mark Rothko, Untitled (Violet, Black, Orange, Yellow on White and Red), 1949, oil on canvas, 207 x 167.6 cm – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York: Gift Elaine and Werner Dannheisser and The Dannheisser Foundation, 1978: 78.2461

Not only do the articles reach original results within their fields; taken as a whole, the dossier, ranging as it does from the Late Antiquity to the fifteenth century, and across a Europe situated within a wider Eurasian space, offers deep insights into social history, the history of emotions, and the study of gender and sexuality.

Full Issue

Paolo Borsa, Christian Høgel, Lars Boje Mortensen, Elizabeth M. Tyler, Lorenzo Livorsi, Fabrizia Baldissera, Cameron Cross, Elisabetta Bartoli, Thomas Hinton, Giovanna Perrotta, Aðalheiður Guðmundsdóttir, Efthymia Priki
245 p.
The Theory and Phenomenology of Love

Individual Articles

Paolo Borsa, Christian Høgel, Lars Boje Mortensen, Elizabeth M. Tyler
Introduction to 'Interfaces' 2
Lorenzo Livorsi
'Laudantes Elegi:' Ovid’s Exile and the Metamorphoses of Praise, Friendship, and Love in Late Latin Poetry
Fabrizia Baldissera
Ways of Presenting Love in Ancient Sanskrit Literature
Cameron Cross
The Many Colors of Love in Niẓāmī's 'Haft Paykar:' Beyond the Spectrum
Elisabetta Bartoli
'Maria natare, montes transire.' L'amore nei modelli epistolari latini del XII secolo
Thomas Hinton
Troubadour Biographies and the Value of Authentic Love: Daude de Pradas and Uc de Saint Circ
Giovanna Perrotta
"C’est costume d’amur de joie aveir aprés dolur." La fenomenologia amorosa in alcuni passi del 'Tristan' e del 'Cligés'
Aðalheiður Guðmundsdóttir
"How Do You Know If It Is Love or Lust?" On Gender, Status, and Violence in Old Norse Literature
Efthymia Priki
Teaching Eros: The Rhetoric of Love in the 'Tale of Livistros and Rodamne,' the 'Roman de la Rose,' and the 'Hypnerotomachia Poliphili'