Lies, Slander and Obscenity in Medieval English Literature: Pastoral Rhetoric and the Deviant Speaker

Lies, Slander and Obscenity in Medieval English Literature: Pastoral Rhetoric and the Deviant Speaker

by Edwin David Craun
     
 

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Drawing on manuscript sources, this book examines how the medieval clergy developed the authority and persuasive force to attempt to govern the day-to-day speech of Western Christians. It explores, for the first time, how Chaucer, Langland, Gower and the "Patience" poet presented and judged these attempts to label some political, social and private speech as

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Drawing on manuscript sources, this book examines how the medieval clergy developed the authority and persuasive force to attempt to govern the day-to-day speech of Western Christians. It explores, for the first time, how Chaucer, Langland, Gower and the "Patience" poet presented and judged these attempts to label some political, social and private speech as deviant and destructive—as lying, slander, blasphemy and other Sins of the Tongue.

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"...Craun's analysis provides a model of how reinscribing the literary within its appropriate traditions, engaging the rhetorical backgrounds that fourteenth-century poets would have expected their readers to share, helps to bring poetry to life." Kathryn L. Lynch, Speculum—A Journal of Medieval Studies

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ISBN-13:
9780521496902
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/16/1997
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature Series, #31
Pages:
271
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

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