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The New Middle Ages

False Fables and Exemplary Truth

Poetics and Reception of Medieval Mode

Authors: Allen, E.

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This study charts relationships between moral claims and audience response in medieval exemplary works by such poets as Chaucer, Gower, Robert Henryson, and several anonymous scribes. In late medieval England, exemplary works make one of the strongest possible claims for the social value of poetic fiction. Studying this debate reveals a set of local literary histories, based on both canonical and non-canonical texts, that complicate received notions of the didactic Middle Ages, the sophisticated Renaissance, and the fallow fifteenth century in between.

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ELIZABETH ALLEN is Assistant Professor of English, University of California-Irvine, USA.

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" Elizabeth Allen makes a compelling case for medieval reading as a dynamic, ethical activity. Arguing that exemplary stories elicited responses that required "ongoing adjustments to the contingencies of political (as well as social and literary) occasion," she deftly analyzes the cultural function of medieval narrative. False Fables and Exemplary Truth is a sophisticated and thoughtful book that refines the subject of late medieval exemplarity in important and insightful ways. It will become required reading for every scholar interested in this crucial subject." - Rebecca Krug, University of Minnesota


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
False Fables and Exemplary Truth
Book Subtitle
Poetics and Reception of Medieval Mode
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-04479-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-04479-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6797-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 225
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