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Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature: Middle by Paul Strohm

By Paul Strohm

Those unique essays suggest to impress instead of reassure, to problem instead of codify. rather than summarizing present wisdom after the style of the now-ubiquitous literary 'companions,' those essays target at beginning clean dialogue; rather than emphasizing settled consensus they direct their readers to components of enlivened and unresolved debate. even if 'major authors' corresponding to Chaucer and Langland are richly represented, many little-known and missed texts are regarded as good. research is dedicated not just to self-sufficient works, yet to the overall stipulations of textual creation and reception. participants to this assortment contain a few famous and well known names, but in addition an excellent many more recent faces: more youthful students whose groundbreaking learn is simply entering complete view, and whose views will effect the phrases of literary dialogue within the a long time to return. inspired to invest, they've got addressed themes that unsettle past different types of research. every one is orientated towards the emergent, the unfinalized, the yet-to-be-done. each one essay stirs new questions and concludes with feedback for additional studying and research that would let readers to increase their very own examine into the questions it has raised.

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Contemporary sources present William’s conquest of England in such a way as to disavow the fact of conquest as such. This contradiction–in which a conquest, that is to say a violent transfer of regimes, is not represented as a conquest but rather as a routine event in the regular affairs of royal succession–is at the heart of William’s own ideological programme, and is an important determinant of the linguistic relations among Latin, French, and English during this period. 5 The conquest is taken to be both the recovery of what was rightfully already William’s own while also being a continual manifestation of the justice of that recovery, a judgement of God in a large-scale aristocratic trial by combat over the rights of land tenure.

20 The manuscript begins 19 Elizabeth Salter, Derek Albert Pearsall, and Nicolette Zeeman, English and International: Studies in the Literature, Art, and Patronage of Medieval England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988). ’ John Frankis, ‘The Social Context of Vernacular Writing in Thirteenth Century England: The Evidence of the Manuscripts’, Thirteenth Century England, 1 (1986), 177. 32 ROBERT M. STEIN with a collection of Latin antiphons, many with musical notation. Included among the antiphons is the text of ‘Sumer is icumen in’ accompanied by an alternative set of words in Latin, ‘Perspice Christicola’, to be sung to the same tune, and Latin instructions for singing it polyphonically.

David Townsend, ‘AngloLatin Hagiography and the Norman Transition’, Exemplaria, 3 (1991). Frank Barlow, ‘The Effects of the Norman Conquest’, in The Norman Conquest: Its Setting and Impact. A Book Commemorating the Ninth Centenary of the Battle of Hastings (London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1966), Ralph V. Turner, ‘Changing Perceptions of the New Administrative Class in Anglo-Norman and Angevin England: The Curiales and their Conservative Critics’, Journal of British Studies, 29 (1990), 28–65. Ralph V.

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