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Conscience and the Composition of Piers Plowman

Sarah Wood


This book provides a detailed account of one of the central personified figures in William Langland's Piers Plowman. Previous critical accounts of Conscience either focus on discussions of the faculty conscience in scholastic discourse, or eschew personification allegory as a useful category in order to argue for the figure's development or education as a character during the poem. But Conscience only appears to develop as he is re-presented in the course of Piers Plowman within a series of different literary modes. And he changes not only during the composition of the various episodes in diff ... More

Keywords: conscience, personification, authorial composition and revision, characterisation, discourses, medieval literary modes, allegory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199653768
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653768.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Wood, author
Lecturer in English, University College London