Divine Ventriloquism In Medieval English Literature: Power, Anxiety, Subversion by M. HayesDivine Ventriloquism In Medieval English Literature: Power, Anxiety, Subversion by M. Hayes

Divine Ventriloquism In Medieval English Literature: Power, Anxiety, Subversion

byM. Hayes

Hardcover | March 31, 2011

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A study of medieval attitudes towards the ventriloquism of God's and Christ's voices through human media, which reveals a progression from an orthodox view of divine vocal power to an anxiety over the authority of the priest's voice to a subversive take on the divine voice that foreshadows Protestant devotion.
MARY HAYES Assistant Professor of English at the University of Mississippi, USA.
Title:Divine Ventriloquism In Medieval English Literature: Power, Anxiety, SubversionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:246 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.78 inPublished:March 31, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230108997

ISBN - 13:9780230108998


Table of Contents

Introduction: Listen Up! PART I: FANTASIES OF POWER: THE PRIEST'S VOICE IN ANGLO-SAXON LITERATURE The Talking Dead Christ's Lips Move PART II: ANXIETY AND THE PRIEST'S VOICE The Master's Voice Cursed Speakers PART III: SUBVERSION IN THE EUCHARISTIC CANON Belly Speech Playing the Prophet Resounding Voices

Editorial Reviews

"This book does two things all medievalists can be grateful for. One, it demonstrates how literary theory can prompt and inform investigations and analysis of early literature without implying, much less insisting, that these texts are post-anything. Two, it tells a story of great importance to understanding the emergence of English literature from the Middle Ages to the threshold of the Early Modern: the story of the inexorable interrogation by medieval writers of speech, language, and their sources, including especially their source in 'belly-speech,' that will come to mean so much in comprehending the larger story of English literature by the late 1500s, when it throws its voices to all who have ears to hear--as it does still today."--R. Allen Shoaf, Co-founding Editor, EXEMPLARIA“In this fine study, Hayes explores the theological implications of ventriloquism’s founding assumption, namely, that voice is the sign of presence. She insightfully analyzes the specific kinds of voice-throwing that characterize medieval England from talking bibles to actors performing the Last Supper—in short, an entire vocal economy of mediated speech acts.”--Valerie Allen, Professor of English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY