Piers Plowman and Prophecy: An Approach to the C-Text

Piers Plowman and Prophecy: An Approach to the C-Text

by Theodore L. Steinberg

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Overview

Originally published in 1991, Piers Plowman: An Approach to the C-Text studies what might be called the "mindscape" of Piers Plowman. The book argues that the C-text poem is inspired by the writings of the biblical prophets. The book outlines the fourteenth-century background and discusses the idea of prophecy and how the biblical prophets were read, as well as the role of literary models such as Wyclif and Joachim of Fiore. By examining the specific aspects of the poem, the book shows imaginative connections between the poem and the prophets, offering a unique perspective that Langland's prophetic stance is complementary to other approaches to the poem.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780367206918
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/02/2021
Series: Routledge Library Editions: The Medieval World
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction, S.S. Hussey

1 Some Aspects of the Process of Revision in Piers Plowman, G.H. Russell

2. The Tearing of the Pardon, Rosemary Woolf

3. Justice, Kingship and the Good Life in the Second Part of Piers Plowman, P.M. Kean

4. Words, Works and Will: Theme and Structure in Piers Plowman, J.A. Burrow

5. Conscience: The Frustration of Allegory, Priscilla Jenkins

6. Piers and the Image of God in Man, Barbara Raw

7. The Rôle of the Dreamer in Piers Plowman, David Mills

8. Action and Contemplation in Piers Plowman, T.P. Dunning

9. The Langland Country, R.W.V. Elliott

10. Charity in Piers Plowman, W.O. Evans

11. Satire in Piers Plowman, S.T. Knight

12. Chaucer’s Contemporary, J.A.W. Bennett

Notes

Index

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