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Documentary Culture and the Making of Medieval English Literature

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  • Date Published: May 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521110532

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  • Emily Steiner describes the rich intersection between legal documents and English literature in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. She argues that documentary culture (including charters, testaments, patents and seals) enabled writers to think in new ways about the conditions of textual production in late Medieval England.

    • Covers a broad range of late medieval English texts, including literature and legal documents
    • An important contribution to the increasingly popular field of literature and law
    • Will be of interest to literary and cultural studies scholars
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    "[T]his attentive and intriguing study will appeal to those interested in legal documents in relaion to medieval literature and cultures. Recommended." Choice

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    • Date Published: May 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521110532
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Documentary Poetics:
    1. Bracton, Deguileville and the defense of allegory
    2. Lyric, genre, and the material text
    Part II. Langland's Documents:
    3. Piers Plowman and the archive of salvation
    4. Writing public: documents in the Piers Plowman tradition
    Part III. Identity, Heterodoxy, Documents:
    5. Lollard community and the Charters of Christ
    6. Lollard rhetoric and the written record: Margery Baxter and William Thorpe
    Epilogue: 'My lordys lettyr & the seel of Cawntyrbery'.

  • Author

    Emily Steiner, University of Pennsylvania
    Emily Steiner is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the editor (with Candace Barrington) of The Letter of the Law: Legal Practice and Literary Production in Late Medieval England (2002).

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