Artisans and Narrative Craft in Late Medieval England

Artisans and Narrative Craft in Late Medieval England

by Lisa H. Cooper
     
 
Lisa H. Cooper offers new insight into the relationship of material practice and literary production in the Middle Ages by exploring the representation of craft labor in England from c.1000-1483. She examines genres as diverse as the school-text, comic poem, spiritual allegory, and mirror for princes, and works by authors both well-known (Chaucer, Lydgate, Caxton) and

Overview

Lisa H. Cooper offers new insight into the relationship of material practice and literary production in the Middle Ages by exploring the representation of craft labor in England from c.1000-1483. She examines genres as diverse as the school-text, comic poem, spiritual allegory, and mirror for princes, and works by authors both well-known (Chaucer, Lydgate, Caxton) and far less so. Whether they represent craft as profitable endeavor, learned skill, or degrading toil, the texts she reviews not only depict artisans as increasingly legitimate members of the body politic, but also deploy images of craft labor and its products to confront other complex issues, including the nature of authorship, the purpose of community, the structure of the household, the fate of the soul, and the scope of princely power.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
" …[a] fascinating and eye-opening book. … is bound to change the way we perceive craftsmen in the literature of late medieval England and beyond."
Martha Rust, Journal of English and Germanic Philology

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521768979
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2011
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature Series , #82
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Lisa H. Cooper is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is co-editor, with Andrea Denny-Brown, of Lydgate Matters: Poetry and Material Culture in the Fifteenth Century (2008).

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