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The Idea Of The Vernacular

An Anthology of Middle English Literary Theory, 1280-1520



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The Idea Of The Vernacular
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This anthology collects and analyzes a sample of texts from the late Middle Ages concerned with the writing or reading process. Some 60 prologues and other excerpts are drawn from literary texts as well as from religious, philosophical, historical and other kinds of writing. It includes five essays which propose new definitions of medieval literary theory and discuss the politics of Middle English writing.

Author Biography

Andrew Taylor is Assistant Professor of English, University of Saskatchewan. Jocelyn Wogan-Browne is Senior Lecturer in English, University of Liverpool. Nicholas Watson is Professor of English, University of Western Ontario. Ruth Evans is Professor of English at St Louis University. She has published articles on medieval drama, medieval translation, and courtly literature and is co-editor of The Wife of Bath and All Her Sect (1993), a collection of feminist re-readings of medieval texts
Release date NZ
June 1st, 1999
Contributions by Alexandra Barratt Contributions by Brendan Biggs Contributions by Cynthea Masson Contributions by Helen Phillips Contributions by Ian R. Johnson Contributions by Ruth Evans Edited by Andrew Taylor Edited by J.Wogan- Browne Edited by Nicholas Watson Edited by Ruth Evans
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
University of Exeter Press
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