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A significant other to Medieval English Literature and tradition, c.1350-c.1500 demanding situations readers to imagine past a narrowly outlined canon and standard disciplinary barriers. A ground-breaking choice of newly-commissioned essays on medieval literature and tradition. Encourages scholars to imagine past a narrowly outlined canon and traditional disciplinary obstacles. displays the erosion of the normal, inflexible boundary among medieval and early glossy literature. Stresses the significance of creating contexts for analyzing literature. Explores the level to which medieval literature is in discussion with different cultural items, together with the literature of alternative international locations, manuscripts and faith. comprises shut readings of frequently-studied texts, together with texts by means of Chaucer, Langland, the Gawain poet, and Hoccleve. Confronts a number of the controversies that workout scholars of medieval literature, equivalent to these hooked up with literary conception, love, and chivalry and conflict.

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H. Rigby In trying to understand the meaning and significance of any literary text, particularly one from a culture as alien to modern readers as that of late medieval England, we necessarily have to put that text into some broader context. In recent years, an extremely popular context in which to understand medieval literature has been that of the social structure, social change and social conflict of the period. In this perspective, works of medieval literature come to be seen as social interventions in which the power relations of their time are reinforced or challenged.

61). However, deference was not simply an abstract theory which was set out in the teachings of a Wimbledon or the verses of a Gower. Nor was it merely an attitude evident in the snobbery of the aristocrat against the parvenu. Rather, deference was embodied in a variety of social institutions and in the concrete practices of everyday life. Russell’s concern with the due hierarchy to be observed in the banqueting hall was typical of a broader concern that all should, literally, be put in their proper place.

Brook’s edition of The Harley Lyrics (1948; 3rd edn 1964) clusters the more famous poems into a manageable volume, but by isolating the lyrics from their manuscript context, Brook obscured the fact that ‘In manuscript the English poems are not gathered in one place: they appear intermittently across seventy pages, and mixed in with them are forty-odd items’ (Fein 2000: 5). The codex’s highly varied items are written in Middle English, Latin and Anglo-Norman, so that to study the Middle English lyrics in the context of their presentation (determined by the principal scribe’s selections and organizational choices) and probable reception requires thinking, like the scribe, trilingually.

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