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Therefore, this dialectic represents a vital, representative microcosm of the ideological wrangling by medieval authors and scholars alike over narrative positioning and authorial intent, authorship and authority, fiction and reality. On one side of the querelle debates are those disputants who, for the sake of their argument, disregard the “dramatic” nature of the Roman de la Rose and choose to make no distinction between the author and his characters. ”86 For Christine, this is indicative of the moral corruption of Jean since, although one might expect such talk from a wanton old woman, a good character like Dame Reason would not (or should not) talk in so dirty a fashion.

158 Faced with such issues, literary scholars have frequently contested the persona— yet the construct has stood the test of time. For those who would question this enduring legacy, consider the words of Langston Hughes as he coped with the pressure of potentially being labeled a communist during the infamous McCarthy hearings of the 1950s. 159 Or more recently, take Salman Rushdie’s post-fatwa retractions, where he felt compelled to mitigate certain content found in The Satanic Verses by publicly announcing his Islamic faith and declaring “that I do not agree with any statement in my novel .

For those who would question this enduring legacy, consider the words of Langston Hughes as he coped with the pressure of potentially being labeled a communist during the infamous McCarthy hearings of the 1950s. 159 Or more recently, take Salman Rushdie’s post-fatwa retractions, where he felt compelled to mitigate certain content found in The Satanic Verses by publicly announcing his Islamic faith and declaring “that I do not agree with any statement in my novel . . ”160 Both Hughes and Rushdie recognize the importance of various personae to an author, whether for purposes of self-defense or literary creativity.

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