Medieval Literature and Historical Inquiry: Essays in Honor of Derek Pearsall

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Boydell & Brewer, 2000 - Literary Collections - 212 pages
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A collection of nine essays celebrating the 70th birthday of David Pearsall whose numerous writings promoted the view that literature is the `product of particular times and places and always comes from real people'. The thought-provoking and insightful discussions comprise: Langland's obsession with poverty and his use of the pillory as a symbol of spiritual and secular punishment; philosophical and theological mouthpieces in Chaucer; the biographical elements in Pearl , written as a political and religious but also as a graceful and personal expression of the Woodstock family's grief; the questionable authorship by John Lydgate of `A Complaint for My Lady of Gloucester' with its enigmatic portrayal of Jacque of Gloucester; England's national reticence, illustrated by the verbal self-restaint and understatement of heroic epic, from Beowulf to A E W Mason's 1902 novel The Four Feathers ; Malory's observations on the paradoxes inherent in chivalry and symbolic absences and presences in the York plays.

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The Pillory and the Cross
Consent and Conflict of Laws in
Whose Virtues?
Pearl and the Contingencies of Love and Piety
John Lydgate Jacque of Holland and the Poetics of Complicity
Reticence and Meaning from Beowulf to
Chivalric Identity and the Evil Will
The Theatre of Resurrection in York
Derek Pearsalls Published Writings

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David Aers is Professor of English and Religion at Duke University. He is the co-editor of The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies and author of, most recently, Culture and History, 1350-1600 (1992) and Community, Gender, and Individual Identity: English Writing, 1360-1430 (1988).

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