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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


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


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


The Arts of Disruption: Allegory and Piers Plowman

Nicolette Zeeman

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198860242
eISBN:
9780191892431
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198860242.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The Arts of Disruption offers a series of new readings of the allegorical poem Piers Plowman: but it is also a book about allegory. It argues not just that there are distinctively disruptive ‘arts’ ... 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


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


Lyric, Romance, and Alliterative Verse in Fourteenth-Century England

Derek Attridge

in The Experience of Poetry: From Homer's Listeners to Shakespeare's Readers

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198833154
eISBN:
9780191873898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198833154.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Fourteenth-century Europe saw the spread of literacy and increasing numbers of educated laity, creating a large audience for poetry on the page. Dante in the Commedia, Petrarch, Machaut, and others ... 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


Introduction: Allegory and Undoing

Nicolette Zeeman

in The Arts of Disruption: Allegory and Piers Plowman

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198860242
eISBN:
9780191892431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198860242.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The Introduction summarizes the book’s arguments and expands on the critical tradition of allegory theory that underpins the book. It discusses the five conflictual allegorical structures that will ... More


The Hypocritical Figure

Nicolette Zeeman

in The Arts of Disruption: Allegory and Piers Plowman

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198860242
eISBN:
9780191892431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198860242.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Paradiastole and the paradiastolic hypocritical figure can be found throughout Piers Plowman, escalating in the disastrous last scene at the barn of Unity. Langland is alert to the ways in which ... More


Animate Oppositions

Nicolette Zeeman

in The Arts of Disruption: Allegory and Piers Plowman

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198860242
eISBN:
9780191892431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198860242.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Opposition is especially pertinent to Piers Plowman, a poem whose allegory is characterized by markedly dialectical and ‘negating’ modes of procedure; opposition both drives Langland’s debates and ... More


Anger, Insult and Rebuff

Nicolette Zeeman

in The Arts of Disruption: Allegory and Piers Plowman

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198860242
eISBN:
9780191892431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198860242.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The sharp words and violent gestures of Piers Plowman do a surprising and even disorienting range of work, both stimulating engagement and sometimes bring it to a stop. They are also closely linked ... More


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