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Mindful Spirit in Late Medieval Literature: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth D. Kirk (New Middle Ages Series)

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How is late medieval literature inflected by spiritual insight and desires? What weaves of literary cloth especially suit religious insight? This collection of seventeen new essays by distinguished scholars of medieval literature on subjects of mindfulness and spirituality in later medieval (especially English) literature is gathered to honor Brown University Professor Emerita Elizabeth D. Kirk.

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Overview

How is late medieval literature inflected by spiritual insight and desires? What weaves of literary cloth especially suit religious insight? This collection of seventeen new essays by distinguished scholars of medieval literature on subjects of mindfulness and spirituality in later medieval (especially English) literature is gathered to honor Brown University Professor Emerita Elizabeth D. Kirk.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Rarely does a book of essays honoring a professor have the range, depth, and distinction of this one. Medievalists with very varied interests—Chaucer, Langland, Gower, the Gawain poet, Franciscan thought, the cycle plays, Margery Kempe, and many others—will all find important contributions in this outstanding collection. Elizabeth Kirk should be proud indeed of Mindful Spirit."—Gretchen Mieszkowski, University of Houston-Clear Lake

"This is a fascinating collection of interdisciplinary essays in honor of a fine scholar, ranging across literature and poetics, history, theology and iconography. Subjects include mnemonic techniques, affect and sovereignty in medieval drama, salvation and the soul in Piers Plowman, Wycliff's apparent support for women priests, and Amazons in Laamon. The volume includes important re-readings of poems by Chaucer in the light of contemporary events. Together, the essays form a medievalists' fair field, an of-the-moment display of work and wit."—David Lawton, Washington University in St Louis

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403969705
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/27/2006
  • Series: The New Middle Ages Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie Wheeler teaches English and Medieval Studies at Southern Methodist University. She writes about medieval literature and culture, and she is the editor of the jourbanal Arthuriana. Recent books include Eleanor of Aquitaine: Lord and Lady (Palgrave, 2003); Listening to Heloise: The Voice of a Twelfth-Century Woman (2000) ; On Arthurian Women: Essay in Memory of Maureen Fries; and The Malory Debate: The Texts of Le Morte Darthur.

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Table of Contents

Mindful Spirit—Bonnie Wheeler *Sweet Jesus—Mary Carruthers
• Amazons and Ursulines—Elizabeth J. Bryann
• Misbehaving God: The Case of the Christ Child in Laud Misc. 108 "Infancy of Jesus Christ"—Julie Nelson Couch
• "Als I Lay in a Winteris Nyt" and the Second Death—Liam O. Purdon
• Inscribing Mentalities: Alan of Lille, the De Lisle Psalter Cherub and Franciscan Meditation—Lawrence M. Clopper
• The Middle English Saint Francis: Text and Context—Cynthia Ho
• "Wols-hede and outhorne": The Ban, Bare Life, and Power in the Passion Plays—Robert S. Sturges
• The Failure of Emotion and Reason in the York Cycle—Norma Kroll
• John Wyclif—All Women’s Friend?—Alastair Minnis
• St. Erkenwald: Narrative and Narrative Artistry—Marie Borroff
• "The Greatest Riddle of the B Text" of Piers Plowman: Why Langland Did Not Scrap the A Vita—Denise N. Baker
• Souls that Matter: The Gendering of the Soul in Piers Plowman—Elizabeth Robertson
• The Necessity of History: The Example of Chaucer’s "Clerk’s Tale"—Lee Patterson
• Host Desecration, Chaucer’s "Prioress’s Tale," and Prague 1389—Sarah Stanbury
• "Cast Thy Bread upon the Waters": A Paradigm from Ecclesiastes in Gower’s "Apollonius of Tyre"—Monica E. McAlpine
• Illiterate Memory and Spiritual Experience: Margery Kempe, the Liturgy, and the "Woman in the Crowd"—Arnold Sanders
• The Family of Origin versus the Human Family: Universal Love in Literature—Judith Ferster

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