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Essays on Ricardian Literature: In Honour of J.A. Burrow

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This collection develops issues and themes first broached in John Burrow's groundbreaking book Ricardian Poetry and incorporates a bibliography of his published writings, which have revolutionized critical appreciation of medieval literature. The contributors to this volume, all leading scholars, explore such areas as the status of Anglo-Latin and the influence of French culture on the Ricardian court, offer radical re-readings of some more familiar works, such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Patience, and demonstrate how closely the literature of the period is bound up with political and social conditions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198182825
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/6/1997
  • Pages: 378
  • Lexile: 1660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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University of York

Virginia Commonwealth University

University of Nottingham

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Notes on the Contributors
1 A Ricardian 'I': The Narrator of 'Troilus and Criseyde' 1
2 Pre-empting Closure in 'The Canterbury Tales': Old Endings, New Beginnings 23
3 Women's Piety and Women's Power: Chaucer's Prioress Reconsidered 39
4 Muses and Blacksmiths: Italian Trecento Poetics and the Reception of Dante in 'The House of Fame' 61
5 French Culture and the Ricardian Court 82
6 Anglo-Latin in the Ricardian Age 121
7 Looking for a Sign: The Quest for Nominalism in Chaucer and Langland 142
8 Ricardian 'Trouthe': A Legal Perspective 179
9 Ricardian Romance? Critiques and Vindications 203
10 The World and Heart of Thomas Usk 222
11 The Perfection of the Pentangle and of Sir Gawain in 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' 252
12 The 'Pearl'-Poet in his 'Fayre Regioun' 276
13 'Patience' and Authority 295
14 From 'Ricardian Poetry' to Ricardian Studies 316
J. A. Burrow: A Bibliography 345
Index 351
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