By Peter Brown
A better half to Medieval English Literature and tradition, c.1350-c.1500 demanding situations readers to imagine past a narrowly outlined canon and standard disciplinary obstacles. A ground-breaking selection of newly-commissioned essays on medieval literature and tradition. Encourages scholars to imagine past a narrowly outlined canon and standard disciplinary limitations. displays the erosion of the normal, inflexible boundary among medieval and early sleek literature. Stresses the significance of making contexts for analyzing literature. Explores the level to which medieval literature is in discussion with different cultural items, together with the literature of different international locations, manuscripts and faith. comprises shut readings of frequently-studied texts, together with texts via Chaucer, Langland, the Gawain poet, and Hoccleve. Confronts a number of the controversies that workout scholars of medieval literature, reminiscent of these hooked up with literary idea, love, and chivalry and struggle.
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Critical Approaches 5 An important book treating postcolonial theory is Cohen 2000. 6 Derek Pearsall, Old English and Middle English Poetry (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1977), p. 120. 7 A key work on English identity, focusing on the period immediately before that considered in this volume, is Thorlac Turville-Petre, England the Nation: Language, Literature, and National Identity, 1290–1340 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996). : Harvard University Press, 1989); Hochon’s Arrow: Usurpation and the Language of Legitimation 1399–1422 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1992); Strohm 1998.
Indeed, despite the ﬁne words of clerical moralists and of poems such as the mid-ﬁfteenth-century Farewell this World, for whom Death was the great leveller,12 even the ritual of death and burial tended to reﬂect the realities of secular social stratiﬁcation, with those of wealth being able to acquire burial locations of particular spiritual potency. The need to reinforce the existing social hierarchy permeated even the institution of individual confession. Since, as religious manuals such as Of Shrifte and Penance (late fourteenth century) taught, to harm one’s lord by working slowly was to break the commandment against theft,13 priests were required to quiz their parishioners in confession on whether they had ‘failed in reverence to their lords or .
University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press. A reading of Chaucer, Julian of Norwich and Langland as participants in a debate over the representation of Christ’s humanity. Beckwith, Sarah 2001. Signifying God: Social Relation and Symbolic Act in the York Corpus Christi Plays. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. An exploration of the spiritual and the political as ﬁgured in eucharistic symbolism. Cannon, Christopher 1998. The Making of Chaucer’s English: A Study of Words. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.