Gestures and Looks in Medieval Narrative by J. A. BurrowGestures and Looks in Medieval Narrative by J. A. Burrow

Gestures and Looks in Medieval Narrative

byJ. A. Burrow

Paperback | March 3, 2008

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Gestures and looks played an even more important role in public and private exchanges of medieval society, than they do today. Gestures meant more than words, for example, in ceremonies of homage and fealty. In this compelling study, medievalist Burrow examines the role of non-verbal communication in a range of narrative texts, including Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, the anonymous Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Malory's Morte D'arthur, the romances of Chrétien de Troyes, the prose Lancelot, Boccaccio's Il Filostrato, and Dante's Commedia.
John Burrow is Emeritus Professor and Research Fellow in the Department of English at Bristol University. He has published widely on middle English literature. His books include Medieval Writers and Their Work (1982).
Title:Gestures and Looks in Medieval NarrativeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:March 3, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521050669

ISBN - 13:9780521050661

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. Gestures; 3. Looks; 4. Two Middle English narratives; 5. Dante's Commedia; 6. Afterword; Bibliography; Index of names and titles; Index of signs.

Editorial Reviews

"Burrow's book will prove to be of lasting value in helping modern interpreters of these works and many others understand some of their finest points and those most open to anachronistic misinterpretation. Burrow also extends the range of interdisciplinary readings of the Middle Ages and reminds us how illuminating it can be to use the physical and social sciences." Quaderni d'italianistica