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The Oxford English Literary History

Volume I: 1000-1350: Conquest and Transformation

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The Oxford English Literary History by Laura Ashe
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The Oxford English Literary History is the new century's definitive account of a rich and diverse literary heritage that stretches back for a millennium and more. This book describes and seeks to explain the vast cultural, literary, social, and political transformations which characterized the period 1000-1350. Change can be perceived everywhere at this time. Theology saw the focus shift from God the Father to the suffering Christ, while religious experience became ever more highly charged with emotional affectivity and physical devotion. A new philosophy of interiority turned attention inward, to the exploration of self. The old understanding of penitence as a whole and unrepeatable event was replaced by a new allowance for repeated repentance and penance, and the possibility of continued purgation of sins after death. The concept of love moved centre stage, and the figure of the individual emerged in narrative fiction; from this developed a profound recalibration of moral agency, with reference not only to God, but to society. More generally, the social and ethical status of secular lives was drastically elevated by the creation and celebration of courtly and chivalric ideals. In England the ideal of kingship was forged and reforged over these centuries. In the aftermath of Magna Carta, and as parliament grew in reach and importance, a politics of the public sphere emerged, with a literature to match. These vast transformations have long been observed and documented in their separate fields. This book aims for the first time to offer an account of these changes by which they are all connected, and explicable in terms of one another.

Author Biography

Laura Ashe is Associate Professor of English and a Tutorial Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford. Her main research interests lie in high medieval literary and cultural history. Educated at Cambridge and Harvard, her books include Fiction and History in England, 1066-1200 (2007), Early Fiction in England: From Geoffrey of Monmouth to Chaucer (2015), and Richard II (2016). She is one of the editors of New Medieval Literatures, has edited several other collaborative volumes, and published numerous articles, on England's multilingualism, kingship and national identity, romance and historiography, saints' lives, chivalry, warfare, medieval colonialism, vernacularity, and early modern legacies, among other things.
Release date NZ
September 28th, 2017
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Pages
496
Illustrations
12 black and white illustrations
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Dimensions
147x223x32
ISBN-13
9780199575381
Product ID
26802181

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