The Myth of Piers Plowman – Constructing a Medieval Literary Archive

The Myth of Piers Plowman – Constructing a Medieval Literary Archive

作者:Warner, Lawrence
ISBN:9781107338821, 9781107043633
语言:English
出版社:Cambridge University Press
格式:Pdf
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Keywords

criticism and interpretation; authorship; Geoffrey Chaucer; Latin; London; Manuscript; Piers Plowman; William Langland

Abstract

Addressing the history of the production and reception of the great medieval poem, Piers Plowman, Lawrence Warner reveals the many ways in which scholars, editors and critics over the centuries created their own speculative narratives about the poem, which gradually came to be regarded as factually true. Warner begins by considering the possibility that Langland wrote a romance about a werewolf and bear-suited lovers, and he goes on to explore the methods of the poem’s localization, and medieval readers’ particular interest in its Latinity. Warner shows that the ‘Protestant Piers’ was a reaction against the poem’s oral mode of transmission, reveals the extensive eighteenth-century textual scholarship on the poem by figures including the maligned Chaucer editor John Urry, and contextualizes its first modernization by a literary forger inspired by the 1790s Shakespeare controversies. This lively account of Piers Plowman challenges the way the poem has traditionally been read and understood. This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.

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作者:Warner, Lawrence
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