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Author Minnis, A. J. (Alastair J.), author
Title Translations of authority in medieval English literature : valuing the vernacular / Alastair Minnis
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2009
book jacket
Descript 1 online resource (xv, 272 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)
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Note Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
Absent glosses : the trouble with middle English hermeneutics -- Looking for a sign : the quest for Nominalism in Ricardian poetry -- Piers's protean pardon : Langland on the letter and spirit of indulgences -- Making bodies : confection and conception in Walter Brut's vernacular theology -- Spiritualizing marriage : Margery Kempe's allegories of female authority -- Chaucer and the relics of vernacular religion
In Translations of Authority in Medieval English Literature, leading critic Alastair Minnis presents the fruits of a long-term engagement with the ways in which crucial ideological issues were deployed in vernacular texts. The concept of the vernacular is seen as possessing a value far beyond the category of language - as encompassing popular beliefs and practices which could either confirm or contest those authorized by church and state institutions. Minnis addresses the crisis for vernacular translation precipitated by the Lollard heresy; the minimal engagement with Nominalism in late fourteenth-century poetry; Langland's views on indulgences; the heretical theology of Walter Brut; Margery Kempe's self-promoting biblical exegesis; and Chaucer's tales of suspicious saints and risible relics. These discussions disclose different aspects of 'vernacularity', enabling a fuller understanding of its complexity and potency
TAEBDC; 2010
Link Print version: 9780521515948
Subject English literature -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- Criticism, Textual
English literature -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- History and criticism
Transmission of texts -- England -- History -- To 1500
Authority in literature
Translating and interpreting -- Political aspects -- England -- History -- To 1500
Latin language -- Translations into English -- History -- To 1500
Politics and literature -- England -- History -- To 1500
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