New Medieval Literatures: Volume V

Hardcover | June 15, 2002

EditorRita Copeland, David Lawton, Wendy Scase

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New Medieval Literatures is an annual of work on medieval textual cultures. It provides a venue for innovative research representing the diverse methodologies of medieval studies - theoretical, archival, philological, and historicist.Volume 5 is marked by a preoccupation with origins or beginnings: the return to some of the foundational texts of the 'modern', here Marx, Freud, and classical Marxist literary criticism; or how the Middle Ages thematized its own antecedents, in the founding myth of imperial Rome, the originaryforce of martyrdom, and the reformist foundations of monasticism.This volume features important new work from distinguished scholars. Christopher Baswell and D. Vance Smith both write about resurrecting the pagan past in the modern urban spaces of fourteenth-century England: Baswell's magisterial archival essay considers the political role of Virgil's Aeneid inthe Uprising of 1381, and Smith uses the urban narrative of St Erkenwald as a departure for a profound meditation on death and melancholy. Jody Enders dramatically contrasts the intentionality implicit in two fatal accidents that were also theatrical spectacles, one in medieval Paris and one inmodern Los Angeles. And Jocelyn Wogan-Browne's magnificant analytical survey of recent research on female reading communities takes a critical new look at the way in which we deploy the foundational concept of 'community' in histories of medieval reading and literacy. Essays by four leading youngerscholars complete this volume with complementary yet highly distinctive perspectives on martyrdom, sainthood, and virginity. Robert Mills considers how the visualization of martyrs' suffering in words and image can be a signifier of erotic pleasure; Sarah Salih evaluates the particular eroticism ofthe sponsalia Christi; Catherine Sanok reads Pearl through the lens of hagiography and Marxist genre theory; and Nancy Warren's new research on Colette of Corbie looks at the reformist power of female monasticism in the Hundred Years War.

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New Medieval Literatures is an annual of work on medieval textual cultures. It provides a venue for innovative research representing the diverse methodologies of medieval studies - theoretical, archival, philological, and historicist.Volume 5 is marked by a preoccupation with origins or beginnings: the return to some of the foundationa...

Rita Copeland is Associate Professor of English Literature, University of Pennsylvania David Lawton is Professor of English Literature, Washington University, St Louis Wendy Scase is Lecturer in the Department of English, University of Birmingham

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.87 inPublished:June 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of illustrationsRita Copeland: Introduction: Remembering after PostmodernismChristopher Baswell: Aeneas in 1381D. Vance Smith: Crypt and Decryption: Erkenwald Terminable and InterminableJody Enders: Medieval Death, Modern Morality, and the Fallacies of IntentionRobert Mills: A Man is Being BeatenSarah Salih: Queering Sponsalia Christi: Virginity, Gender, and Desire in the Early Middle English Anchoritic TextsCatherine Sanok: The Geography of Genre in the Physician's Tale and PearlNancy Bradley Warren: Monastic Politics: St Colette of Corbie, Franciscan Reform, and the House of BurgundyJocelyn Wogan-Browne: Analytical Survey 5: 'Reading is Good Prayer': Recent Research on Female Reading CommunitiesIndex