Medieval literature and historical inquiry : essays in honor of Derek Pearsall /
edited by David Aers.
Woodbridge ; Rochester, NY : D.S. Brewer, 2000.
xiv, 212 p. ; 25 cm.
0859915557 (acid-free paper)
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Woodbridge ; Rochester, NY : D.S. Brewer, 2000.
0859915557 (acid-free paper)
catalogue key
"Derek Pearsall's published writings": (p. [207]-212).
Includes bibliographical references.
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Derek Pearsall's prolific work on late medieval English writing is celebrated here in this collection of essays. They address a wide range of literature and topics of enquiry: Chaucer, Langland, the Pearl poet, are just some of the areas covered.
Main Description
Critical historicist readings engage with the politics and ethics of selected medieval texts, addressing a wide range of literature and topics of enquiry: Langland, Chaucer, and the Pearl-poet, Malory and the York Corpus Christi plays; chivalric cultures, their forms of identity and mourning; and the politics, ethics and theology of some of the most fascinating writing in late medieval England. Intended as a tribute to Professor Derek Pearsall, and reflecting his major contribution to medieval literary criticism, they are an important addition to the critical and historical study of the period.DAVID AERS is James B. Duke Professor of English and Professor of Historical Theology at Duke University.
Unpaid Annotation
Historicist readings of the politics and ethics exhibited in a range of medieval texts including Chaucer, Malory and the York Corpus Christi plays.
Table of Contents
The Condition of Kyndep. 1
Piers Plowman as Poetic Pillory : The Pillory and the Crossp. 31
The Empire and the Waif: Consent and Conflict of Laws in the Man of Law's Talep. 55
Chaucer's Tale of Melibee: Whose Virtues?p. 69
Pearl and the Contingencies of Love and Pietyp. 83
John Lydgate, Jacque of Holland, and the Poetics of Complicityp. 115
Heroic Laconic Style: Reticence and Meaning from Beowulf to the Edwardiansp. 133
Malory's Crime: Chivalric Identity and the Evil Willp. 159
Absent Presences: The Theatre of Resurrection in Yorkp. 185
Derek Pearsall's Published Writingsp. 207
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