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Langland's Fictions

J. A. Burrow

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112938
eISBN:
9780191670879
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112938.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Langland's Piers Plowman is a profoundly Christian poem, which nevertheless has enjoyed a wide general appeal. Readers – both religious and non-religious – have been drawn by the power of Langland's ... More


Conclusion

Hugh White

in Nature, Sex, and Goodness in a Medieval Literary Tradition

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187301
eISBN:
9780191674693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187301.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter suggests that the unsatisfactoriness of the natural for Chaucer and Gower was inevitable because they were much concerned with nature as promoter of sexual love; and in late medieval ... More


Afterword

J. A. Burrow

in Langland's Fictions

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112938
eISBN:
9780191670879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112938.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter provides a brief summary of the discussions presented in the preceding chapters regarding Langland and the poem Piers Plowman. It is determined that Langland's poem possesses a fictive ... More


Langland and Chaucer

John Marenbon

in Pagans and Philosophers: The Problem of Paganism from Augustine to Leibniz

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691142555
eISBN:
9781400866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691142555.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter turns to another pair struggling with the Problem of Paganism: William Langland and Geoffrey Chaucer. For Langland, the Problem is an issue addressed directly, with the focus on the ... More


The Action of Langland's Second Vision *

J.A. Burrow

in Essays on Medieval Literature

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198111870
eISBN:
9780191670657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198111870.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter discusses what Langland did in his work Piers Plowman, which went through ten different visions. The second vision is where the poem's most famous episodes can be read, and these involve ... More


Essays on Medieval Literature

J. A. Burrow

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198111870
eISBN:
9780191670657
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198111870.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The chapters in this book are chiefly concerned with English and Scottish writings of the 14th and 15th centuries. Those on Chaucer's Knight's Tale, Langland's second version, Sir Gawain and the ... More


Medieval Poetics and Social Practice: Responding to the Work of Penn R. Szittya

Seeta Chaganti

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780823243242
eISBN:
9780823243280
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823243242.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This collection responds to the critical legacy of Penn R. Szittya. Its contributors investigate how medieval poetic language uniquely reflects and also shapes social, political, and religious ... More


A Gathering of Dreams

J. A. Burrow

in Langland's Fictions

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112938
eISBN:
9780191670879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112938.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter discusses Piers Plowman and considers it as a dream poem, emphasizing particularly Langland's art in constructing it out from a number of separate dreams. Based on the information found ... More


Fictions of the Divided Mind

J. A. Burrow

in Langland's Fictions

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112938
eISBN:
9780191670879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112938.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter discusses Langland's sensitivity to conflicting considerations and apparently irreconcilable truths. The poem is able to create an imaginary space within which the irreconcilables can ... More


Fictions of History

J. A. Burrow

in Langland's Fictions

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198112938
eISBN:
9780191670879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112938.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter discusses the concept of ‘fictions of history’, which is shown in the last part of Piers Plowman. The action shown loosely follows the order of history, i.e. the history of salvation. ... More


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