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The Resource Conscience and the composition of Piers Plowman, Sarah Wood

Conscience and the composition of Piers Plowman, Sarah Wood

Label
Conscience and the composition of Piers Plowman
Title
Conscience and the composition of Piers Plowman
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Wood
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Conscience and the Composition of Piers Plowman 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 different modes that make up the single version, but also during the composition of the poem as a series of three different versions. The versions of Piers Plowman form, this book argues, a single continuous narrative or argument, in which revisions to Conscience's role in one version are predicated upon his cumulative 'experiences' in the earlier versions. Drawing on a variety of materials in both Middle English and Latin, Sarah Wood illustrates the wide range of contemporary discourses Langland employed as he composed Conscience in the three versions of the poem. By showing how Langland transformed Conscience as he composed the A, B and C texts, Conscience and the Composition of Piers Plowman offers a new approach to reading the serial versions of the poem. While the versions of Piers Plowman have customarily been presented and read in parallel-text formats, Wood shows that Langland's revisions are newly comprehensible if the three versions are read in sequence."--Publisher's website
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Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Wood, Sarah
Index
index present
LC call number
PR2015
LC item number
.W66 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Oxford English monographs
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Langland, William
  • Langland, William
  • Conscience in literature
  • Langland, William
  • Gewissen (Motiv)
Label
Conscience and the composition of Piers Plowman, Sarah Wood
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
'Who may scape te sclaundre': Scandal, complaint and invective in B 3-4 -- Penitential texts and vernacular Conscience in B 13-14 -- 'Ecce rex': Conscience and homiletic discourse in B 19 -- 'To a lord for a lettre leue to haue': Conscience and the friars in B 20 -- New modes in the C text: Clerical 'suffraunce' and vernacular counsel -- Conscience in the versions of Piers Plowman
Control code
769989306
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 187 pages
Isbn
9780199653768
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)769989306
Label
Conscience and the composition of Piers Plowman, Sarah Wood
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
'Who may scape te sclaundre': Scandal, complaint and invective in B 3-4 -- Penitential texts and vernacular Conscience in B 13-14 -- 'Ecce rex': Conscience and homiletic discourse in B 19 -- 'To a lord for a lettre leue to haue': Conscience and the friars in B 20 -- New modes in the C text: Clerical 'suffraunce' and vernacular counsel -- Conscience in the versions of Piers Plowman
Control code
769989306
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 187 pages
Isbn
9780199653768
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)769989306

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