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Textual Subjectivity: The Encoding of Subjectivity in Medieval Narratives and Lyrics

A. C. Spearing


This book investigates how subjectivity is encoded in the texts of a wide variety of medieval verse narratives and lyrics — not how they represent individual subjectivities, but how subjectivity, escaping the bounds of individuality, is incorporated in the linguistic fabric of their texts by means such as deixis. Most of the poems discussed are in English, and the book includes detailed analyses of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, Man of Law’s Tale, and Complaint Unto Pity, the works of the Pearl poet, Havelok, King Horn, the lyric sequence of Charles of Orleans (the earliest such sequence in E ... More

Keywords: Charles of Orleans, Chaucer, deixis, homodiegesis, narratology, narrator, Pearl poet

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198187240
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187240.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. C. Spearing, author
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English, University of Virginia
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