A Cosmos of Desire: The Medieval Latin Erotic Lyric in English Manuscripts

University of Michigan Press, 2004

A groundbreaking illumination of the creation and reception of extant erotic poetry written in Latin during the Middle Ages. His study describes the intellectual and social context from which the great erotic songs of the twelfth century emerged, and examines a variety of erotic poems, from school exercises to the magnificent lyrics found in Arundel 384. He also illuminates the influence of neoplatonic philosophy on this poetry, explicating key neoplatonic texts and applying that analysis in close readings of erotic lyrics from the same period and milieu.