Medieval Latin and Middle English Literature: Essays in Honour of Jill Mann: Essays in Honour of Jill Mann [Hardback]

Christopher Cannon (Editor); Maura Nolan (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781843842637 | Published by: Boydell & Brewer Ltd | Year of Publication: 2011 | Language: English 280p,

Medieval Latin and Middle English Literature: Essays in Honour of Jill Mann


Jill Mann's writing, teaching, and scholarship have transformed our understanding of two distinct fields, medieval Latin and Middle English literature, as well as their intersection. Essays in this volume seek to honour this achievement by looking at entirely new aspects of these fields (the relationship of song to affect, the political valence of classical allusion, the Latin background of Middle English devotional texts). Others look again at the literary kinds and ideas most important in Mann's own work (beast fable, the nature of allegory, the nature of "nature", the relationship of economic thought and literature, satire, language as a subject for poetry) in the poets she has been most drawn to (Chaucer, Langland, Henryson). All of the essays involve close readings of the most careful kind, taking as their primary method Professor Mann's repeated injunction to attend, above all, to the"words on the page".

Table of Contents

    1  Preface
    2  Bibliography of Jill Mann's Works
    3  The Man of Law's Tale and Crusade
    4  The Language Group of the Canterbury Tales
    5  'Save man allone': Human Exceptionality in Piers Plowman and the Exemplarist Tradition
    6  The Land of Cokaygne: Three Notes on the Latin Background
    7  The Canterbury Tales and Gamelyn
    8  The Cheerful Science: Nicholas Oresme, Home Economics, and Literary Dissemination
    9  The Poetics of Catastrophe: Ovidian Allusion in Gower's Vox Clamantis
    10  Preaching with the Hands: Carthusian Book Production and the Speculum Devotorum
    11  The Necessity of Difference: the Speech of Peace and the Doctrine of Contraries in Langland's Piers Plowman
    12  Chaucer's Complaint unto Pity and the Insights of Allegory
    13  Amor in claustro
    14  'And that was litel nede': Poetry's Need in Robert Henryson's Fables and Testament of Cresseid
    15  The Art of Swooning in Middle English
    16  The Theory of Passionate Song

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