Sacred and Profane in Chaucer and Late Medieval Literature: Essays in Honour of John V. Fleming by Robert Epstein, Will Robins |, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Sacred and Profane in Chaucer and Late Medieval Literature: Essays in Honour of John V. Fleming

Sacred and Profane in Chaucer and Late Medieval Literature: Essays in Honour of John V. Fleming

by Robert Epstein, Will Robins
     
 

Literary depictions of the sacred and the secular from the Middle Ages are representative of the era's widely held cultural understandings related to religion and the nature of lived experience. Using late Medieval English literature, including some of Chaucer's writings, these essays do not try to define a secular realm distinct and separate from the divine or

Overview

Literary depictions of the sacred and the secular from the Middle Ages are representative of the era's widely held cultural understandings related to religion and the nature of lived experience. Using late Medieval English literature, including some of Chaucer's writings, these essays do not try to define a secular realm distinct and separate from the divine or religious, but instead analyze intersections of the sacred and the profane, suggesting that these two categories are mutually constitutive rather than antithetical.

With essays by former students of John V. Fleming, the collection pays tribute to the Princeton University professor emeritus through wide-ranging scholarship and literary criticism. Including reflections on depictions of Bathsheba, Troilus and Criseyde, the Legend of Good Women, Chaucer's Pardoner, and Margery Kempe, these essays focus on literature while ranging into history, philosophy, and the visual arts. Taken together, the work suggests that the domain of the sacred, as perceived in the Middle Ages, can variously be seen as having a hierarchical or a complementary relationship to the things of this world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442640818
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
11/01/2010
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Epstein is an associate professor in the Department of English at Fairfield University.

William Robins is an associate professor in the Department of English and the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.

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