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