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The Presence of Medieval English Literature : Studies at the Interface of History, Author, and Text in a Selection of Middle English Literary Landmarks.

Author: Alan J Fletcher
Publisher: Turnhout : Brepols Publishers, 2012.
Series: Cursor Mundi.
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The modern period has read its own contingent values into Middle English literature, and a modern canon of vernacular medieval literary texts has evolved as a result. While this book works with a selection of texts that have achieved such canonical status, it brings to light some of the ways in which they nevertheless resist the flattening domestications and expectations of modern taste. It illustrates how they  Read more...
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Fletcher, Alan J.
Presence of Medieval English Literature : Studies at the Interface of History, Author, and Text in a Selection of Middle English Literary Landmarks.
Turnhout : Brepols Publishers, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alan J Fletcher
ISBN: 9782503547442 2503547443
OCLC Number: 1018148605
Description: 1 online resource (316 pages).
Contents: Presences --
The Owl and the nightingale: the interpretative stakes of time, place, and author --
Sir Orfeo: the 'taken' discourses of order and intelligibility --
Pearl: the limits of history --
Piers Plowman: the essential (ephemeral) project --
The Canterbury tales and some other Chaucerian compositions: the pursuit of heresy and dangerous textual liaisons --
Morte Darthur: the endgame of authority --
Location, location, location.
Series Title: Cursor Mundi.

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The modern period has read its own contingent values into Middle English literature, and a modern canon of vernacular medieval literary texts has evolved as a result. While this book works with a selection of texts that have achieved such canonical status, it brings to light some of the ways in which they nevertheless resist the flattening domestications and expectations of modern taste. It illustrates how they formerly existed as constituents of a past world richer, stranger, and less familiar than much modern opinion has supposed. Thus the book aims to recuperate lost senses in which the age in which these texts were conceived and written was present within them, as well as ways in which they may have been present to their age. This twin idea of 'presence' is the thread that binds a series of chapters on English verse and prose written between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries together.

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