Documentary Culture and the Making of Medieval English Literature

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Emily Steiner describes the rich intersection between legal documents and English literature in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. She argues that documentary culture (including charters, testaments, patents and seals) enabled writers to think in new ways about the conditions of textual production in late Medieval England.

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"[T]his attentive and intriguing study will appeal to those interested in legal documents in relaion to medieval literature and cultures. Recommended." Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521824842
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2014
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature Series , #50
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily Steiner is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the editor (with Candace Barrington) of The Letter of the Law: Legal Practice and Literary Production in Late Medieval England (2002).

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Table of Contents

Part I. Documentary Poetics: 1. Bracton, Deguileville and the defense of allegory; 2. Lyric, genre, and the material text; Part II. Langland's Documents: 3. Piers Plowman and the archive of salvation; 4. Writing public: documents in the Piers Plowman tradition; Part III. Identity, Heterodoxy, Documents: 5. Lollard community and the Charters of Christ; 6. Lollard rhetoric and the written record: Margery Baxter and William Thorpe; Epilogue: 'My lordys lettyr & the seel of Cawntyrbery'.

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