By Peter Brown
A better half to Medieval English Literature and tradition, c.1350-c.1500 demanding situations readers to imagine past a narrowly outlined canon and standard disciplinary limitations.
A ground-breaking selection of newly-commissioned essays on medieval literature and culture.
- Encourages scholars to imagine past a narrowly outlined canon and standard disciplinary boundaries.
- Reflects the erosion of the normal, inflexible boundary among medieval and early smooth 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 different international locations, manuscripts and religion.
- Includes shut readings of frequently-studied texts, together with texts by way of Chaucer, Langland, the Gawain poet, and Hoccleve.
- Confronts the various controversies that workout scholars of medieval literature, similar to these attached with literary thought, love, and chivalry and war.
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The study of late medieval literature, so long focused on retrieving the polished diction of the canonical greats, has moved, in search of their history, to the edges, both geographically to Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the north of England, and textually to the manuscripts, chronicles and ecclesiastical and governmental documents that record less exquisite aesthetic moments. I will close this digest by addressing the theory governing approaches to two current issues at the edge of traditional literary work: violence (which is inextricably associated with power) and the Other, as psychoanalysts term the ego’s apprehension of difference from itself.
The traditional view is that English triumphed easily and necessarily over French and Latin to become the dominant language of both literature and common speech, with Chaucer playing an important role in the literary arena. Arrests to this view have emerged in three main areas. First, the records show that the ascendancy of English as the language of learned and aristocratic discourse came late, while French and Latin were used widely throughout the fourteenth century and well into the ﬁfteenth.
Second, English was itself a much less homogeneous language than the standard explanation assumes, as myriad regional dialects joined with Welsh and Middle Scots to create a linguistic map in which London’s Middle 14 David Raybin English was one of many coexisting forms. The appearance in 1986 of A Linguistic Atlas of Late Mediaeval English (ed. A. McIntosh, M. L. Samuels and M. Benskin, 4 vols. Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press) has enabled the identiﬁcation of these regional English dialects and the better pinpointing of textual and scribal provenance.
A Companion To Medieval English Literature And Culture by Peter Brown