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Last Words: The Public Self and the Social Author in Late Medieval England

Sebastian Sobecki

Abstract

No medieval text was designed to be read hundreds of years later by an audience unfamiliar with its language, situation, and author. By ascribing to these texts intentional anonymity, we romanticize them and misjudge the social character of their authors. Instead, most medieval poems and manuscripts presuppose familiarity with their authorial or scribal maker. Last Words: The Public Self and the Social Author in Late Medieval England attempts to recover this familiarity and understand the literary motivation behind some of the most important fifteenth-century texts and authors. Last Words capt ... More

Keywords: authorship, manuscripts, biography, identification, literary history, medieval literature, handwriting, public literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198790778
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198790778.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sebastian Sobecki, author
Professor of Medieval English Literature and Culture, University of Groningen