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The Resource Medieval autographies : the "I" of the text, A.C. Spearing

Medieval autographies : the "I" of the text, A.C. Spearing

Label
Medieval autographies : the "I" of the text
Title
Medieval autographies
Title remainder
the "I" of the text
Statement of responsibility
A.C. Spearing
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In Medieval Autographies, A.C. Spearing develops a new engagement of narrative theory with medieval English first-person writing, focusing on the roles and functions of the "I" as a shifting textual phenomenon, not to be defined either as autobiographical or as the label of a fictional speaker or narrator. Spearing identifies and explores a previously unrecognized category of medieval English poetry, calling it "autography." He describes this form as emerging in the mid-fourteenth century and consisting of extended nonlyrical writings in the first person, embracing prologues, authorial interventions in and commentaries on third-person narratives, and descendants of the dit, a genre of French medieval poetry. He argues that autography arose as a means of liberation from the requirement to tell stories with preordained conclusions and as a way of achieving a closer relation to lived experience, with all its unpredictability and inconsistencies. Autographies, he claims, are marked by a cluster of characteristics including a correspondence to the texture of life as it is experienced, a montage-like unpredictability of structure, and a concern with writing and textuality. Beginning with what may be the earliest extended first-person narrative in Middle English, Winner and Waster, the book examines instances of the dit as discussed by French scholars, analyzes Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Prologue as a textual performance, and devotes separate chapters to detailed readings of Hoccleve's Regement of Princes prologue, his Complaint and Dialogue, and the witty first-person elements in Osbern Bokenham's legends of saints. An afterword suggests possible further applications of the concept of autography, including discussion of the intermittent autographic commentaries on the narrative in Troilus and Criseyde and Capgrave's Life of Saint Katherine."--Project Muse
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Cataloging source
AZK
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Spearing, A. C
Dewey number
820.9/35
Index
index present
LC call number
PR275.F57
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Conway lectures in medieval studies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English literature
  • First person narrative
  • Autobiography in literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Autobiography in literature
  • English literature
  • First person narrative
  • Mittelenglisch
  • Literatur
  • Autobiografie
  • Ich-Erzählung
  • Littérature anglaise
  • Narration à la première personne
  • Autobiographie
Label
Medieval autographies : the "I" of the text, A.C. Spearing
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- The textual first person -- Autography: prologues and dits -- Chaucerian prologues and The wife of Bath -- Why autography? -- Hoccleve and the prologue -- Hoccleve's series -- Bokenham's autographies -- Afterword
Control code
961556101
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 347 pages).
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780268092801
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)961556101
Label
Medieval autographies : the "I" of the text, A.C. Spearing
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- The textual first person -- Autography: prologues and dits -- Chaucerian prologues and The wife of Bath -- Why autography? -- Hoccleve and the prologue -- Hoccleve's series -- Bokenham's autographies -- Afterword
Control code
961556101
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 347 pages).
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780268092801
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)961556101

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