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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


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


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


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


Allegory and Enchantment: An Early Modern Poetics

Jason Crawford

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780198788041
eISBN:
9780191833489
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198788041.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Poetry

This book is about the genealogies of modernity, and about the lingering power of some of the cultural forms against which modernity defines itself: religion, magic, the sacramental, the medieval. ... More


Piers Plowman and the Books of Nature

Rebecca Davis

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780198778400
eISBN:
9780191823831
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778400.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, Early and Medieval Literature

Piers Plowman and the Books of Nature explores the relationship of divine creativity, poetry, and ethics in William Langland’s fourteenth-century allegory. These concerns converge in the poem’s rich ... 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


Piers Plowman and Social Likeness: How to Know God “Kyndely”

Eleanor Johnson

in Staging Contemplation: Participatory Theology in Middle English Prose, Verse, and Drama

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780226572031
eISBN:
9780226572208
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226572208.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter analyzes how the rebarbative and difficult poem Piers Plowman stages participatory contemplation through poetic language. Focusing on the poetic forms of likeness that stud the ... More


Dowel, the Proverbial, and the Vernacular: Some Versions of Pastoralia

Anne Middleton

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

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780823243242
eISBN:
9780823243280
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823243242.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This essay begins with Piers Plowman's use of the adage “Do well and have well,” a phrase that elegantly interweaves poetics and social practice. It prescribes practice within a form that reveals the ... More


English Literature

Susan Gillingham

in A Journey of Two Psalms: The Reception of Psalms 1 and 2 in Jewish and Christian Tradition

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199652419
eISBN:
9780191766053
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199652419.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

Chapter 9 assesses reception in English literature. Jewish use is primarily twentieth century: a comparison of Psalms 1 and 2 in The Jewish Study Bible, The Artscroll Tanach, and Tehillim:The Book of ... More


From “Wit to Wisedom”: Langland's Ymaginatif

Michelle Karnes

in Imagination, Meditation, and Cognition in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226425313
eISBN:
9780226425337
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226425337.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter discusses a poem, Piers Plowman that relies on imagination overtly. Piers Plowman's Ymaginatif serves the familiar function of drawing the mind—here Will's mind—from natural, sensory ... More


Grammaticalization and Literary Form

Christopher Cannon

in From Literacy to Literature: England, 1300–1400

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780198779438
eISBN:
9780191824562
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198779438.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, World Literature

Middle English poetry was grammaticalized because it sometimes took the form of basic exercises of literacy training. This is apparent in William Langland’s Piers Plowman, which can look at ... More


From Cosmos to Microcosm: Nature, Allegory, Humanism

Rebecca Davis

in Piers Plowman and the Books of Nature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780198778400
eISBN:
9780191823831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778400.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, Early and Medieval Literature

By tracing Natura’s appearances in Bernard Silvestris’s Cosmographia, Alan of Lille’s De planctu naturae and Anticlaudianus, and in the vernacular contributions of Jean de Meun’s Roman de la rose, ... More


“Fader and formour”: Langland’s Creator Kynde

Rebecca Davis

in Piers Plowman and the Books of Nature

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780198778400
eISBN:
9780191823831
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198778400.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter reads Kynde as the consequence of Langland’s conception of the Christian deity as a “ful God” (B.17.168). Complicating the poem’s frequent association of kynde and need, it draws ... More


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