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|Named Person:||William Langland; William Langland; William Langland; William Langland; William Langland|
|Material Type:||Government publication, State or province government publication|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
D Vance Smith
|ISBN:||0816637601 9780816637607 081663761X 9780816637614|
|Description:||xiii, 295 pages ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Incipit: A Fourteenth-Century Incipit --
Initium: Incipits and the Intentions of Vernacular Writing --
Exordium: Making Beginnings: Disposition and Inscription --
Thema: The Book That Makes Itself --
Origo: Genealogy: Engenderment and Digression --
Conditora: The Archive of Grammar: Beginning and Documentary Remembrance --
Principium: Beginning Perfection: The Theology of Inception.
|Series Title:||Medieval cultures, v. 28.|
|Responsibility:||D. Vance Smith.|
"The problem of beginning was invested with increasing urgency in the 1300s; it was grappled with in England's courts, churches, universities, workshops, fields, and streets. The Book of the Incipit reveals how Langland's poem exemplifies the widespread interest in beginning in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, an interest that is evident in such divergent fields as physics, time measurement, logic, grammar, rhetoric, theology, and book production."
"Smith offers a theoretical understanding of beginning that departs from the structuralisms of Edward Said, the traditional formalisms of A.D. Nuttall, and most medievalist and modernist treatments of closure. Instead, he views a work's beginning as a figure of the beginning of the work itself, and the inception of language as the problem of beginning to which we continually return."--Jacket.
- Langland, William, -- 1330?-1400? -- Piers Plowman.
- Christian poetry, English (Middle) -- History and criticism.
- English language -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- Rhetoric.
- Langland, William, -- 1330?-1400? -- Technique.
- Openings (Rhetoric)
- Rhetoric, Medieval.
- Langland, William. -- Piers the Plowman.
- Langland, William -- Technique.
- Langland, William. -- Piers Plowman.