Dunbar the Makar

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byPriscilla Bawcutt

not yet rated|write a review
Dunbar's genius has been recognised not only by critics but by modern poets such as Auden and Eliot. This critical study examines Dunbar's view of himself as a poet, or `makar', and the way he handles various poetic genres. New emphasis is placed on the petitions, or begging-poems, and theiruse for poetic introspection. There is also a particularly full study of Dunbar's under-valued comic poems, and of the modes most congenial to him - notably parody, irony, `flyting', or invective, and black dream-fantasy. Priscilla Bawcutt takes account of recent scholarship on Dunbar and also theliterary traditions available to him, both in Latin and the vernaculars, including `popular' and alliterative poetry as well as that of Chaucer and his followers. In contesting the over-simple and reductive views purveyed by some critics that Dunbar is primarily a moralist, or no more than a skilledvirtuoso, she has written a well-informed, critically searching, and balanced account of the poetry.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$287.65 online
$307.50 list price (save 6%)
Ships within 1-3 weeks
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

Dunbar's genius has been recognised not only by critics but by modern poets such as Auden and Eliot. This critical study examines Dunbar's view of himself as a poet, or `makar', and the way he handles various poetic genres. New emphasis is placed on the petitions, or begging-poems, and theiruse for poetic introspection. There is als...

Priscilla Bawcutt, Honorary Fellow, Liverpool University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:410 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198129637

ISBN - 13:9780198129639

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Dunbar the Makar

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

`Priscilla Bawcutt's study of Dunbar has been long and eagerly awaited; the book offers an authority and breadth that will not disappoint. It is a capacious, patient, affectionate authorial study - and a chef d'oeuvre - of a kind now uncommon in literary studies, at least on this side of theAtlantic. Bawcutt's careful attention to Dunbar's textual tradition is, though unassumingly presented, one of the cornerstones of the book's achievement.'MOdern Philology