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Voice in Later Medieval English Literature: Public Interiorities

David Lawton


This study approaches later medieval English vernacular culture in terms of voice. As texts and discourses shift in translation and in use from one language to another, antecedent texts are revoiced in ways that recreate them (as ‘public interiorities’) without effacing their history or future. The approach yields important insights into the voice work of late medieval poets, especially Langland and Chaucer, and also their fifteenth-century successors, who treat their work as they have treated their precursors. It also helps illuminate vernacular religious writing and its aspirations, and it a ... More

Keywords: Keywords voice, literary, public interiorities, vernacular, revoicing, cultural change, comparative, transformative, history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198792406
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198792406.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Lawton, author
Professor of English and Religious Studies, Washington University in St Louis