Insanity, Individuals and Society in Late-Medieval English Literature (Studies in Medieval Literature S. 26)
By: Stephen Harper (author)Hardback
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This work examines representations of madness in a variety of late-medieval texts, showing how writers exploited the conventional understandings of madness for personal and political purposes. It challenges romantic and progressivist theories about the history of madness.
Introduction - modern perspectives on madness in the later Middle Ages; madness in the late Middle Ages - conventions, practices and attitudes; "knightes that ar so wood" - the meanings of madness in Middle English Romance; "reson en bestialite" - madness, animality and social class in book 1 of Gower's "Vox Clamantis"; "thou mayst nay werken after thyn owene heed" - madness and rationality in Chaucer's "Miller's" and "Summoner's" tales; "by cowntynaunce it is not wist" - Thomas Hoccleve and the subject of madness; "so euyl to rewlyn" -madness and authority in "The Book of Margery Kempe"; conclusions.
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