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John Skelton and Poetic Authority: Defining the Liberty to Speak
     

John Skelton and Poetic Authority: Defining the Liberty to Speak

by Jane Griffiths
 

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John Skelton and Poetic Authority is the first book-length study of Skelton for almost twenty years, and the first to trace the roots of his poetic theory to his practice as a writer and translator. It demonstrates that much of what has been found challenging in his work may be attributed to his attempt to reconcile existing views of the poet's role in society with

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John Skelton and Poetic Authority is the first book-length study of Skelton for almost twenty years, and the first to trace the roots of his poetic theory to his practice as a writer and translator. It demonstrates that much of what has been found challenging in his work may be attributed to his attempt to reconcile existing views of the poet's role in society with discoveries about the writing process itself. The result is a highly idiosyncratic poetics that locates the poet's authority decisively within his own person, yet at the same time predicates his 'liberty to speak' upon the existence of an engaged, imaginative audience. Skelton is frequently treated as a maverick, but this book places his theory and practice firmly in the context of later sixteenth as well as fifteenth-century traditions. Focusing on his relations with both past and present readers, it reassess his place in the English literary canon.

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"A patient, scrupulous book.... Griffiths's book admirably joins forces with readers who insist on this power in his work, discovered through its antic motions."--Theresa Krier, Sixteenth Century Journal

"Griffiths has achieved admirably what she set out to do."--Deanne Williams, Speculum

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191515194
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/23/2006
Series:
Oxford English Monographs
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
470 KB

Meet the Author

Jane Griffiths was born in Exeter but brought up in Holland. After reading English at Oxford, where her poem 'The House' won the Newdigate Prize, she worked as a bookbinder and lecturer in London and Norfolk. She subsequently returned to Oxford, where she completed her doctorate on John Skelton and worked as an assistant editor on the Oxford English Dictionary. She now teaches English at St Edmund Hall.

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