Scribal Correction And Literary Craft

Author: Daniel Wakelin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107076226
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Scribal Correction And Literary Craft. This extensive survey of scribal correction in English manuscripts explores what correcting reveals about attitudes to books, language and literature in late medieval England. Daniel Wakelin surveys a range of manuscripts and genres, but focuses especially on poems by Chaucer, Hoccleve and Lydgate, and on prose works such as chronicles, religious instruction and practical lore. His materials are the variants and corrections found in manuscripts, phenomena usually studied only by editors or palaeographers, but his method is the close reading and interpretation typical of literary criticism. From the corrections emerge often overlooked aspects of English literary thinking in the late Middle Ages: scribes, readers and authors seek, though often fail to achieve, invariant copying, orderly spelling, precise diction, regular verse and textual completeness. Correcting reveals their impressive attention to scribal and literary craft - its rigour, subtlety, formalism and imaginativeness - in an age with little other literary criticism in English.

Fourteenth Century England Ix

Author: James Bothwell
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
ISBN: 1783271221
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Fourteenth Century England Ix. Articles showcasing the fruits of the most recent scholarship in the field of fourteenth-century studies.

Lyric Tactics

Author: Ingrid Nelson
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812248791
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Lyric Tactics. In Lyric Tactics, Ingrid Nelson argues that the lyric poetry of later medieval England is a distinct genre defined not by its poetic features—rhyme, meter, and stanza forms—but by its modes of writing and performance, which are ad hoc, improvisatory, and situational.

The Feral Piers

Author: Rosanne P. Gasse
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443889709
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The Feral Piers. What do we mean when we talk about the text of Piers Plowman? What is the concept of a literary text when that construct exists in so many variant and feral forms, as is the case for the multiple modern editorial reconstructions and the more than fifty surviving manuscripts and early print editions of Piers Plowman? How do the anonymous roles of author, scribe, and reader intersect to create the experience of the text? How can we judge a pre-modern text’s reception history if we do not know exactly what it was that the early reader was responding to? This book takes a daring and innovative approach to answering such questions as these. It is a micro-study of one particular historic version of Piers Plowman, its scribe, and its fifteenth and sixteenth-century readers: British Library Cotton Caligula A XI, a manuscript which combines the C, A, and B texts of the poem, and which was likely copied out in the first quarter of the fifteenth century. It reads the Cotton Piers not as an ossified relic whose value lies in what can be gleaned from it about modes of scribal production and Cot’s textual relationship to other Piers manuscripts, but as a living text meant to be experienced and enjoyed as a work of literature in its own right. In gaining a better comprehension at the micro-level of this particular historic version, a better understanding of the whole concept of Piers Plowman itself emerges.

The Routledge History Handbook Of Medieval Revolt

Author: Justine Firnhaber-Baker
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1134878877
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The Routledge History Handbook Of Medieval Revolt. The Routledge History Handbook of Medieval Revolt charts the history of medieval rebellion from Spain to Bohemia and from Italy to England, and includes chapters spanning the centuries between Imperial Rome and the Reformation. Drawing together an international group of leading scholars, chapters consider how uprisings worked, why they happened, whom they implicated, what they meant to contemporaries, and how we might understand them now. This collection builds upon new approaches to political history and communication, and provides new insights into revolt as integral to medieval political life. Drawing upon research from the social sciences and literary theory, the essays use revolts and their sources to explore questions of meaning and communication, identity and mobilization, the use of violence and the construction of power. The authors emphasize historical actors’ agency, but argue that access to these actors and their actions is mediated and often obscured by the texts that report them. Supported by an introduction and conclusion which survey the previous historiography of medieval revolt and envisage future directions in the field, The Routledge History Handbook of Medieval Revolt will be an essential reference for students and scholars of medieval political history.

Readings In Medieval Textuality

Author: Cristina Maria Cervone
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
ISBN: 184384446X
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Readings In Medieval Textuality. Essays on a variety of topics in late medieval literature, linked by an engagement with form.

The Prose Brut And Other Late Medieval Chronicles

Author: Jaclyn Rajsic
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
ISBN: 1903153662
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The Prose Brut And Other Late Medieval Chronicles. Essays on the medieval chronicle tradition, shedding light on history writing, manuscript studies and the history of the book, and the post-medieval reception of such texts.