The New Middle Ages

Memory and Confession in Middle English Literature

Authors: Tracy, Kisha G.

  • Extends previous discussions surrounding memory in medieval studies through its discussion of confession
  • Examines a range of notable medieval authors including Langland, Chaucer, Gower, and the Gawain-Poet
  • Analyzes moments of recollection in major Middle English texts in order to reveal how memory permeates, complicates, and explicates medieval writing
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This book argues that the traditional relationship between the act of confessing and the act of remembering is manifested through the widespread juxtaposition of confession and memory in Middle English literary texts and, furthermore, that this concept permeates other manifestations of memory as written by authors in a variety of genres. This study, through the framework of confession, identifies moments of recollection within the texts of four major Middle English authors – Langland, Chaucer, Gower, and the Gawain-Poet – and demonstrates that these authors deliberately employed the devices of recollection and forgetfulness in order to indicate changes or the lack thereof, both in conduct and in mindset, in their narrative subjects.

 Memory and Confession in Middle English Literature explores memory’s connection to confession along with the recurring textual awareness of confession’s ability to transform the soul; demonstrating that memory and recollection is used in medieval literature to emphasize emotional and behavioral change. 


About the authors

Kisha G. Tracy is Assistant Professor of English Studies, specializing in early British and world literatures, and Co-Coordinator of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Fitchburg State University. Her main research interests include medieval memory and confession, medieval disability, and higher education pedagogy.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Tracy, Kisha G.

    Pages 1-5

  • Reducere Ad Memoriam: A Brief Overview of Confession and Memory

    Tracy, Kisha G.

    Pages 7-23

  • Langland: Piers Plowman, Recollection, Confession, and the Penitent

    Tracy, Kisha G.

    Pages 25-51

  • Gower: Confessio Amantis and the Fear of Forgetting

    Tracy, Kisha G.

    Pages 53-66

  • Chaucer: Romances and the Temporality of Confession

    Tracy, Kisha G.

    Pages 67-92

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eBook $54.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-55674-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Memory and Confession in Middle English Literature
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55675-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55675-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55674-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 123
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