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Socioliterary Practice in Late Medieval England

Helen Barr


This book bridges the disciplines of literature and history by examining various kinds of literary language as examples of social practice. Readings of both English and Latin texts from the late 14th and early 15th centuries are grounded in close textual study which reveals the social positioning of these works and the kinds of ideological work they can be seen to perform. Distinctive new readings of texts emerge which challenge received interpretations of literary history and late medieval culture. Canonical authors and texts such as Chaucer, Gower, and Pearl are discussed alongside the less ... More

Keywords: literary language, social practice, literary history, late medieval culture, Chaucer, Gower, Pearl, Clanvowe, anonymous alliterative verse, Wycliffite prose tracts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198112426
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112426.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Barr, author
Fellow and Tutor in English, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford
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