By Elizabeth Scala
Absent Narratives, Manuscript Textuality, and Literary constitution in overdue Medieval England is a ebook in regards to the defining distinction among medieval and glossy tales. In chapters dedicated to the foremost writers of the past due medieval period--Chaucer, Gower, the Gawain-poet and Malory--it offers after which analyzes a collection of targeted and neglected phenomena in medieval narrative, particularly the power visual appeal of lacking tales: tales implied, alluded to, or fragmented via a bigger narrative. faraway from being trivial digressions or passing curiosities, those "absent narratives" end up primary to the best way those medieval works functionality and to why they've got affected readers particularly methods. commonly unseen, neglected, or defined away via critics, absent narratives provide a priceless new technique for studying medieval texts and the traditionally particular textual tradition during which they have been written.
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In the prenovelistic realm of medieval writing, such detail holds significance for its decidedly symbolic function. Details of medieval narrative can also evince their symbolic function and their central importance when they are critically or editorially denied, argued out of significance (and perhaps existence), or continually ignored, and as such they here provide a focus for our attention. In their most complex manifestation, such details betray the contest of structure and desire in the process of reading (which is also editing, producing, and evaluating) medieval narrative.
The substitutions of language continually mark, as they attempt to assuage, an originary lack that can never be filled. The Book of the Duchess may argue for the consolations of storytelling and it may even perform such consolatory work for John of Gaunt. But within the poem such consolations are not readily had. Where the poem articulates this property of its narrative, it notoriously fails to dramatize its success. 57 His ignorance, no more than our own, bears witness to the evasion at the heart of all such consolations.
30–36) These lines, and the “lel letteres loken” particularly, are glossed as follows in the notes to Malcolm Andrew and Ronald Waldron’s edition: “‘The form in which it is (here) set down and fixed, in a brave and powerful story enshrined in true syllables, is that in which it has long existed’ . . com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-04-24 ABSENT NARRATIVES AND TEXTUAL CULTURE ABSENT NARRATIVES through the orality/literacy divide. Though the narrator offers an oral source for the “laye” he “herde, / with tonge,” the poem is clearly a written artifact, enduring “in stori stif and stronge”—hence their gloss indicating the author’s copytext (“stori”).
Absent narratives, manuscript textuality, and literary structure in late medieval England by Elizabeth Scala