Space to Speke: The Confessional Subject in Medieval Literature

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This book explores the impact of confessional discourse on fourteenth-century European literature. The approach is interdisciplinary. The author studies examples of the "confessional" texts of Augustine and Abelard as well as the vernacular didactic literature on confession after 1215. This literature creates a new and more popular language of the self. The literary texts of Chaucer, Machaut, and Juan Ruiz clearly demonstrate the influence of a confessional "self" and use the language of confession to explore and...
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This book explores the impact of confessional discourse on fourteenth-century European literature. The approach is interdisciplinary. The author studies examples of the "confessional" texts of Augustine and Abelard as well as the vernacular didactic literature on confession after 1215. This literature creates a new and more popular language of the self. The literary texts of Chaucer, Machaut, and Juan Ruiz clearly demonstrate the influence of a confessional "self" and use the language of confession to explore and construct the self as literary subject.
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Studies examples of the early Christian confessional texts of Augustine and Abelard, then focuses on how the literature of the 14th century was affected by the confessional discourse that had developed after the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215. Looking at the work of Chaucer, Machaut, and Juan Ruiz, finds that the literature created a new and more popular language of the self. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Discursive Formation of Confession
Introduction 1
I Confessional Practice and Self-Interpretation in Augustine's Confessions 15
II Abelard and the Morality of Intention 31
III Vernacular Confessional Literature and the Construction of the Subject 47
Figures 84
Pt. 2 Confessional Practice and the Space to Speak of Literary Character
Introduction 87
IV Chaucer and the "Space to Speke" the Private 95
V Confession and the Production of Truth: Guillaume de Machaut's Livre du Voir Dit 119
VI The Libro de Buen Amor: "Hablar en como penitencia" 153
Conclusion 183
Notes 187
Bibliography 239
Index 263
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