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Kindly Similitude : Marriage and Family in Piers Plowman - M.Teresa Tavormina

Kindly Similitude

Marriage and Family in Piers Plowman

Hardcover Published: 1st August 1995
ISBN: 9780859914543
Number Of Pages: 280

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Kindly Similitude is the first study to offer a detailed reading of the many passages in Piers PlowmanA, B, and C concerned with marriage and family, and to place them within the frameworks of contemporary social history, law, theology, exegesis, and literature. The author shows how Langland draws on the experiences of familial life both literally and metaphorically to further his expositions of law and love, nature and grace, the image of God in individuals and society, the use of time and material goods, the perversion of right relationships through covetise, and doing well in the active life. For Langland, an unmistakably public poet, the marital household is inextricably linked to religious, economic, and political institutions. It reflects and transmits a divine exemplar of community, and plays a fundamental role in creating the society in which he and his audience must live. This important new critical approach complements the strong current attention to the poem's intellectual and ecclesiological contexts. Professor M. TERESA TAVORMINAis at the Department of English, Michigan State University.

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Discussion is richly informed by social-historical knowledge... careful and sensitive reading. MEDIUM AEVUMA judicious, as well as an erudite book. NOTES AND QUERIESA book that bears upon the poem in ways both substantive and subtle, and the information, thoughtfulness and eloquence brought to the topic amply succeed in making its relevance apparent. REVIEW OF ENGLISH STUDIES Great industry and erudition. STUDIES IN THE AGE OF CHAUCER

The Marriage of Meedp. 1
The Marriage-Makingp. 3
The Marriage-Breakingp. 25
Do-Wel in This Worldp. 48
The Interior Householdp. 52
The Social Familyp. 66
Trewe Wedded Libbynge Folkp. 78
[Th]e Trinite It Men[th]p. 110
The Fruits of Charityp. 114
One Kind, Two Lives, Three Degreesp. 122
Betokening the Trinityp. 140
A Kind Familiarityp. 167
Childhoodp. 168
Sexualityp. 176
Marriagep. 187
Family Affectionsp. 191
Inheritance and Old Agep. 202
Kindly Similitude: Marriage and Family in Piers Plowmanp. 219
Patterns of Revisionp. 219
Marriage and Family as Kindly Similitudep. 222
Bibliographyp. 229
Index of Lines Citedp. 249
Index of Biblical Citationsp. 256
General Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9780859914543
ISBN-10: 0859914542
Series: Piers Plowman Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st August 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.83 x 16.0  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.61

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