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Auteur(s) : Spearing, Anthony Colin (1936-....)  Voir les notices liées en tant qu'auteur

Titre(s) : Medieval autographies [Texte imprimé] : the "I" of the text / A. C. Spearing

Publication : Notre Dame (Ind.) : University of Notre Dame press, cop. 2012

Description matérielle : 1 vol. (VIII-347 p.) ; 23 cm

Collection : The Conway lectures in medieval studies

Lien à la collection : The Conway lectures in medieval studies 


Comprend : 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.

Note(s) : Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-332) and index
"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." -- Publisher's description


Sujet(s) : Autobiographie anglaise -- 1100-1500 (moyen anglais) -- Histoire et critique  Voir les notices liées en tant que sujet
Narration à la première personne  Voir les notices liées en tant que sujet


Numéros : ISBN 9780268017828 (pbk.) (alk. paper). - ISBN 0268017824 (pbk.) (alk. paper). - ISBN 9780268092801 (ebook). - ISBN 026809280X (ebook)

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