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Reading English Verse in Manuscript c.1350-c.1500
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 223

Reading English Verse in Manuscript c.1350-c.1500

Reading English Verse in Manuscript, c.1350-c.1500 is the first book-length history of reading for later Middle English poetry. While much past work in the history of reading has revolved around marginalia, this book consults a wider range of evidence, from the weights of books in medieval bindings to relationships between rhyme and syntax. It combines literary-critical close readings, detailed case studies of particular surviving codices, and systematic manuscript surveys drawing on continental European traditions of quantitative codicology to demonstrate the variety, vitality, and formal concerns visible in the reading of verse in this period. The small-and large-scale formal features of p...

Thomas Hoccleve: New Approaches
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 269

Thomas Hoccleve: New Approaches

The Middle English poet Thomas Hoccleve, known particularly for his entertainingly biographical verse describing life as a Privy Seal clerk in early fifteenth-century Westminster, is now recognised as a key figure in the literature of later medieval England. This volume, the first collection of essays devoted to Hoccleve since 1996, both confirms his importance in shaping the English poetic tradition after Chaucer's death and demonstrates the depth of ongoing critical interest in Hoccleve's work in its own right. Chapters explore the idiosyncratic forms of his two principle works, The Regiment of Princes and Series, as well as Hoccleve's distinctive imagery of moving feet, of swelling and bu...

John Gower in Manuscripts and Early Printed Books
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 322

John Gower in Manuscripts and Early Printed Books

Essays considering the relationship between Gower's texts and the physical ways in which they were first manifested.

Immaterial Texts in Late Medieval England
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 300

Immaterial Texts in Late Medieval England

A compelling reassessment of the craft practices, cultural conventions and literary attitudes of late medieval English scribes.

Meter and Modernity in English Verse, 1350-1650
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 352

Meter and Modernity in English Verse, 1350-1650

What would English literary history look like if the unit of measure were not the political reign but the poetic tradition? The earliest poems in English were written in alliterative verse, the meter of Beowulf. Alliterative meter preceded tetrameter, which first appeared in the twelfth century, and tetrameter in turn preceded pentameter, the five-stress line that would become the dominant English verse form of modernity, though it was invented by Chaucer in the 1380s. While this chronology is accurate, Eric Weiskott argues, the traditional periodization of literature in modern scholarship distorts the meaning of meters as they appeared to early poets and readers. In Meter and Modernity in E...

The Poet and the Antiquaries
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 320

The Poet and the Antiquaries

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2019
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  • Publisher: Unknown

In The Poet and the Antiquaries, Megan L. Cook explores how early modern historians, lexicographers, religious polemicists, and other readers with extra-literary interests in the English past made Chaucer a figure of lasting cultural significance.

Miscellaneous Order
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 304

Miscellaneous Order

This book examines one of the most pervasive, but also perplexing, textual phenomena of the early modern world: the manuscript miscellany. Faced with multiple problems of definition, categorization, and (often conflicting) terminology, modern scholars have tended to dismiss the miscellany as disorganized and chaotic. Miscellaneous Order radically challenges that view by uncovering the various forms of organization and order previously hidden in early modern manuscript books. Drawing on original literary and historical research, and examining both the materiality of early modern manuscripts and their contents, this book sheds new light on the transcriptive and archival practices of early mode...

Diverting Authorities
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 258

Diverting Authorities

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2014-12-11
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  • Publisher: OUP Oxford

Diverting Authorities examines the glossing of a variety of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century texts by authors including Lydgate, Douglas, Chaloner, Baldwin, Bullein, Harington, and Nashe. It is concerned particularly with the use of glosses as a means for authors to reflect on the process of shaping a text, and with the emergence of the gloss as a self-consciously literary form. One of the main questions it addresses is to what extent the advent of print affects glossing practices. To this end, it traces the transmission of a number of glossed texts in both manuscript and print, but also examines glossing that is integral to texts written with print production in mind. With the latter, it fo...

Transforming Early English
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 308

Transforming Early English

Considers how medieval English and Scots texts were re-worked in later centuries, and the implications for philological theory and practice.

The Poetics of Commemoration
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 194

The Poetics of Commemoration

The Poetics of Commemoration is a study of the role poetry played in the commemoration of kings during the Viking Age. From the strange and supernatural deaths described in the poem Ynglingatal, to the depiction of kings entering the pagan afterlife of Valhalla in Eiríksmál and Hákonarmál, it becomes clear that poets sometimes responded to the deaths of kings in a creative and even playful manner. In contrast, memorial poemscomposed for the great Norwegian kings Óláfr Tryggvason and Óláfr Haraldsson record poets' highly emotional reactions to the loss of their lords. This book investigates the variety of ways in which poets responded to the death of a king,and how poetry helped to constructed a shared memory and identity for the community he left behind.