The Hands of the Tongue: Essays on Deviant Speech [Paperback]

Edwin David Craun (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781580441155 | Published by: Medieval Institute Publications | Year of Publication: 2008 | Language: English 232p,

The Hands of the Tongue


Presented in three sections—Sins of the Tongue, Punishing Deviant Speech, and Deviant Speech and Gender—the essays included here give a clear picture of what we know about deviant speech in medieval culture, a picture that has begun to achieve the depth and richness of scholarship on slander in the early modern period, exploring what speech acts can tell us about gender, crime and punishment, agency, ethics, and literary craftsmanship.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Edwin D. Craun
Sins of the Tongue
The Tongue Is a Fire: The Discipline of Silence in Early Medieval Monasticism (400-1100) by Scott G. Bruce
“Allas, allas! That evere love was synne”: Excuses for Sin and the Wife of Bath’s Stars by Edwin D. Craun
“Janglynge in cherche”: Gossip and the Exemplum by Susan E. Phillips
Lancelot as Casuist by Peter R. Schroeder
Punishing Deviant Speech
“Tongue, you lied”: The Role of the Tongue in Rituals of Public Penance in Late Medieval Scotland by Elizabeth Ewan
From Urban Myth to Didactic Image: The Warning to Swearers by Miriam Gill
Deviant Speech and Gender
Men’s Voices in Late Medieval England by Sandy Bardsley
Husbands and Priests: Masculinity, Sexuality, and Defamation in Late Medieval England by Derek Neal

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