Socioliterary Practice in Late Medieval England

Hardcover | December 1, 2001

byHelen Barr

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Socioliterary Practice in Late Medieval England bridges the disciplines of literature and history by examining various kinds of literary language as examples of social practice. Readings of both English and Latin texts from the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries are grounded inclose textual study which reveals the social positioning of these works and the kinds of ideological work they can be seen to perform. Distinctive new readings of texts emerge which challenge received interpretations of literary history and late medieval culture. Canonical authors and texts such asChaucer, Gower, and Pearl are discussed alongside the less familiar: Clanvowe, anonymous alliterative verse, and Wycliffite prose tracts.

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Socioliterary Practice in Late Medieval England bridges the disciplines of literature and history by examining various kinds of literary language as examples of social practice. Readings of both English and Latin texts from the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries are grounded inclose textual study which reveals the social pos...

Helen Barr is a Fellow and Tutor in English, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:238 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:December 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198112424

ISBN - 13:9780198112426

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AbbreviationsIntroduction: Socioliterary practice1. Constructing social realities: Wynnere and Wastoure, Hoccleve and Chaucer2. Pearl - or the jeweller's tale3. Unfixing the signs of kingship: Gower's Cronica Tripertita and Richard the Redeless4. The regal image of Richard II and the Prologue to the Legend of Good Women5. 'From pig to man and man to pig': the 1381 uprisings in Chaucer's The Nun's Priest's Tale6. 'Blessed are the horny hands of toil': Wycliffite representations of the third estate7. Coded birds and bees: unscrambling Mum and the Sothsegger and The Boke of CupideAfterword: 'Adieu Sir Churl: Lydgate's The Churl and the BirdWorks CitedIndex