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Nature, Sex, and Goodness in a Medieval Literary Tradition

Hugh White

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187301
eISBN:
9780191674693
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187301.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

‘Nature’ is a highly important term in the ethical discourse of the Middle Ages and, as such, a leading concept in medieval literature. This book examines the moral status of the natural in writings ... More


Gower’s Ovids

Andrew Galloway

in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature: Volume 1: 800–1558

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199587230
eISBN:
9780191820410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587230.003.0021
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

John Gower’s strongest contribution to emerging late medieval interests in antiquity is his uses of Ovid, amid a range of late medieval allegories, summaries, and elaborations of Ovid that extend ... More


Ecce patet tensus: The Trentham Manuscript, In Praise of Peace, and John Gower’s Autograph Hand

Sebastian Sobecki

in Last Words: The Public Self and the Social Author in Late Medieval England

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
December 2019
ISBN:
9780198790778
eISBN:
9780191886072
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198790778.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The first chapter examines how in 1400 Gower oversaw and ultimately withdrew his last ambitious project, the Trentham manuscript (British Library MS Additional MS 59495) conceived for the recently ... More


Rewriting the Past, Reassembling the Realm: The Trentham Manuscript of John Gower

Arthur Bahr

in Fragments and Assemblages: Forming Compilations of Medieval London

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226924915
eISBN:
9780226924922
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226924922.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter presents a reading of the Trentham manuscript of works by John Gower. It argues that Trentham's seemingly straightforward presentation of its author and audience is complicated by the ... More


Idealism and Antagonism: Troynovaunt in the Late Fourteenth Century

MARION TURNER

in Chaucerian Conflict: Languages of Antagonism in Late Fourteenth-Century London

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199207893
eISBN:
9780191709142
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207893.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The ideological concept of civic progress, manifested in the Janus-like image of New Troy, was a potent sociopolitical tool in late 14th-century London. This chapter examines the ways in which civic ... More


The Boundaries of the Human in Medieval English Literature

Dorothy Yamamoto

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198186748
eISBN:
9780191718564
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186748.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Animals and ‘wild men’ are everywhere in medieval culture, but their role in illuminating medieval constructions of humanity has never been properly explored. This book gathers together a large ... More


“A Priestly Farewell”: The Catholic and the Reformed in Pericles

Brian Walsh

in Unsettled Toleration: Religious Difference on the Shakespearean Stage

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780198754435
eISBN:
9780191816109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198754435.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, Drama

The poet John Gower takes the stage in Pericles. This chapter examines the presence of syncretistic religiosity that results from the benevolent and motivating presence of this Catholic figure as the ... More


The Fortunes of John Lydgate

Nigel Mortimer

in John Lydgate's Fall of Princes: Narrative Tragedy in its Literary and Political Contexts

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199275014
eISBN:
9780191705939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275014.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter offers an overview of the critical reception of Lydgate's work, tracing the decline from a tradition of medieval encomium (voiced by, among others, William Dunbar and William Caxton), ... More


Birds: The Ornament of the Air

DOROTHY YAMAMOTO

in The Boundaries of the Human in Medieval English Literature

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198186748
eISBN:
9780191718564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186748.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

In the Bestiary, birds are treated as a self-contained and distinctive form of creation. Lévi-Strauss suggests that it is precisely because birds are so different from humans that they can be ... More


Conclusion

DOROTHY YAMAMOTO

in The Boundaries of the Human in Medieval English Literature

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198186748
eISBN:
9780191718564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186748.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter reviews the various ways in which the shared bodiliness of humans and animals has been shown to haunt medieval texts and images. Further avenues for research are suggested, such as the ... More


Heavy atmosphere

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

in Contemporary Chaucer across the centuries

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781526129154
eISBN:
9781526141996
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526129154.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen deftly pairs ‘heavy atmosphere’ – ideas about weather and mood – in Chaucer’s works, while at the same time unsettling received ideas about a unidimensional human and elemental ... More


Valentines

Ronald Hutton

in The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198205708
eISBN:
9780191676758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205708.003.0014
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, British and Irish Early Modern History

Two out of the three most celebrated fourteenth-century writers from England, Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower, mentioned the same popular belief: that the birds choose their mates upon the feast of ... More


John Gower, Confessio amantis, 1386–1390

Rita Copeland and Ineke Sluiter (eds)

in Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric: Language Arts and Literary Theory, AD 300 -1475

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199653782
eISBN:
9780191803628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.003.0053
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter discusses Confessio amantis, a poem composed by John Gower around 1386–1390. Confessio amantis is primarily based on the seven deadly sins, exemplified by a series of tales drawn from ... More


The System of the World: Inheritance, Money, Modernity

Alex Davis

in Imagining Inheritance from Chaucer to Shakespeare

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780198851424
eISBN:
9780191886010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198851424.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter begins with Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale, an account of an heiress that imagines a relationship between genealogical narrative and international trade, as Custance’s passage away from, ... More


From Literacy to Literature: England, 1300–1400

Christopher Cannon

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780198779438
eISBN:
9780191824562
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779438.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, World Literature

The first lessons we learn in school can stay with us all our lives, but this was nowhere more true than in the last decades of the fourteenth century when grammar-school students were not only ... More


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