Mobile menu

Books
Right arrow
Goddess Natura in Medieval Literature

The Goddess Natura in Medieval Literature

George D. Economou

“Economou’s The Goddess Natura in Medieval Literature is one of the little classics of medieval literary scholarship, ranking with works by C.S. Lewis and E.K. Rand.” –John Ganim, University of California, Riverside

The concept of the goddess Natura–one of the most significant allegorical figures of medieval Latin and vernacular poetry–drew upon many strands of classical and Christian thought, from Plato’s Timaeus to Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy. In what is perhaps the best history of the goddess Natura, George Economou provides a full-length study of her philosophical background and the literary traditions that contributed to her image.

Economou’s work focuses on the renaissance of the twelfth century, when a new kind of allegory appeared that celebrated and explored the nature of the cosmos. He analyzes the central role that Natura played in the writings of Bernard Silvestris, Jean de Meun, Alain de Lille, and Geoffrey Chaucer.

“Economou’s study remains unsurpassed as a survey and analysis of the Christian intellectual, theological, and poetic traditions that formulated Nature as a deity who is also the mediator of the Divine purpose. The Goddess Natura in Medieval Literature is a work of solidly grounded intellectual history and of real literary sensitivity.” –Robert W. Hanning, Columbia University

This edition features a new introduction by the author and an updated bibliography.

ISBN: 978-0-268-02954-8
240 pages
Publication Year: 2002

George D. Economou is professor emeritus of English at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author and translator of numerous books and collections of poetry.

P03291

Savage Economy

The Returns of Middle English Romance

Walter Wadiak

P03194

Civic Cycles

Artisan Drama and Identity in Premodern England

Nicole R. Rice and Margaret Aziza Pappano

P03054

Law, Rulership, and Rhetoric

Selected Essays of Robert L. Benson

Robert L. Benson
Edited by Loren J. Weber in collaboration with Giles Constable and Richard H. Rouse
Foreword by Horst Fuhrmann

The Goddess Natura in Medieval Literature

George D. Economou

The Goddess Natura in Medieval Literature
Cloth Edition
Paper Edition

“Economou’s The Goddess Natura in Medieval Literature is one of the little classics of medieval literary scholarship, ranking with works by C.S. Lewis and E.K. Rand.” –John Ganim, University of California, Riverside

The concept of the goddess Natura–one of the most significant allegorical figures of medieval Latin and vernacular poetry–drew upon many strands of classical and Christian thought, from Plato’s Timaeus to Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy. In what is perhaps the best history of the goddess Natura, George Economou provides a full-length study of her philosophical background and the literary traditions that contributed to her image.

Economou’s work focuses on the renaissance of the twelfth century, when a new kind of allegory appeared that celebrated and explored the nature of the cosmos. He analyzes the central role that Natura played in the writings of Bernard Silvestris, Jean de Meun, Alain de Lille, and Geoffrey Chaucer.

“Economou’s study remains unsurpassed as a survey and analysis of the Christian intellectual, theological, and poetic traditions that formulated Nature as a deity who is also the mediator of the Divine purpose. The Goddess Natura in Medieval Literature is a work of solidly grounded intellectual history and of real literary sensitivity.” –Robert W. Hanning, Columbia University

This edition features a new introduction by the author and an updated bibliography.

ISBN: 978-0-268-02954-8

240 pages