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Lies, Slander and Obscenity in Medieval English Literature : Pastoral Rhetoric and the Deviant Speaker - Edwin David Craun

Lies, Slander and Obscenity in Medieval English Literature

Pastoral Rhetoric and the Deviant Speaker

Hardcover Published: 28th June 1997
ISBN: 9780521496902
Number Of Pages: 272

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Drawing on manuscript sources, this book examines how the medieval clergy developed the authority and persuasive force to attempt to govern the day-to-day speech of Western Christians. It shows how attempts were made to portray some political, social and private speech as deviant and destructive, labelling it lying, slander, blasphemy and other Sins of the Tongue. It explores, for the first time, how Chaucer, Langland, Gower and the 'Patience' poet use the different strains of this pastoral discourse not only to expose the destructive power of speech in political and social life but also to judge clerical claims to authority and efficacy in formulating and applying codes of speech.

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'This is a highly scholarly and very illuminating contribution to our knowledge of the way in which pastoral and literary discourse interact in the Middle Ages.' The Times Literary Supplement

The pastoral movement and deviant speech: major texts
The lies of the Fall, the tongues of Pentecost: typing and converting the deviant speaker
Exemplifying deviant speech: murmur in Patience
Confessing the deviant speaker: verbal deception in the Confessio Amantis
Reforming deviant social practices: turpiloquium/scurrilitas in the B Version of Piers Plowman
Restraining the deviant speaker: Chaucer's Manciple and Parson
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ISBN: 9780521496902
ISBN-10: 052149690X
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 28th June 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.57