The Cambridge Companion to Piers Plowman - Cambridge Companions to Literature (Paperback)
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The Cambridge Companion to Piers Plowman - Cambridge Companions to Literature (Paperback)

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Paperback 286 Pages / Published: 13/02/2014
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Piers Plowman has long been considered one of the greatest poems of medieval England. Current scholarship on this alliterative masterpiece looks very different from that available even a decade ago. New information about the manuscripts of the poem, new historical discoveries, and new investigations of its literary, cultural and theoretical scope have fundamentally altered the very meaning of Langland's art. This Companion thus critically surveys traditional scholarship, with the aim of recuperating its best insights, and it ventures forth into newer areas of inquiry attuned to questions of social setting, institutional context, intellectual and literary history, theory, and the revitalized fields of codicology and paleography. By proceeding through chapters that offer cumulatively wider views as well as stand-alone analyses of topics most crucial to understanding Piers Plowman, this Companion gives serious students and seasoned scholars alike up-to-date knowledge of this intricate and beautiful poem.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107401587
Number of pages: 286
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This collection distils expansive critical inquiry on an equally expansive medieval text into twelve readable essays, providing a definitive snapshot of a developing field of study. Beginning and advanced students will turn to this guide to Langland's poem for many years to come.' Eric Weiskott, Speculum
'The Cambridge Companion to Piers Plowman is an excellent and necessary collection of essays by top-notch scholars. ... The collection ... [offers] new readers a solid introduction to this most difficult of medieval poems and more seasoned scholars an overview of where we are now, with tantalizing signposts suggesting where new work might lead us.' Jennifer Sisk, Journal of English and Germanic Philology

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