Medieval Latin and Middle English Literature

Medieval Latin and Middle English Literature

Essays in Honour of Jill Mann

Edited by Christopher Cannon, Maura Nolan





Fresh and provocative approaches to the literature of the middle ages, offering close readings of texts from Chaucer to Henryson, and beast fable to devotional works.
Jill Mann's writing, teaching, and scholarship have transformed our understanding of two distinct fields, medieval Latin and Middle English literature, as well as their intersection. Essays in this volume seek to honour this achievement by looking at entirely new aspects of these fields (the relationship of song to affect, the political valence of classical allusion, the Latin background of Middle English devotional texts). Others look again at the literary kinds and ideas most important in Mann's own work (beast fable, the nature of allegory, the nature of "nature", the relationship of economic thought and literature, satire, language as a subject for poetry) in the poets she has been most drawn to (Chaucer, Langland, Henryson). All of the essays involve close readings of the most careful kind, taking as their primary method Professor Mann's repeated injunction to attend, above all, to the"words on the page".

Christopher Cannon is Professor of English, New York University; Maura Nolan is Associate Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley.

Contributors: Siobhain Bly Calkin, Christopher Cannon, Rebecca Davis, Peter Dronke, A.S.G. Edwards, Elizabeth B. Edwards, Maura Nolan, Paul J. Patterson, Derek Pearsall, Ad Putter, Paul Gerhard Schmidt, James Simpson, Barry Windeatt, Nicolette Zeeman


March 2011
2 black and white illustrations
280 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781843842637
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
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Table of Contents

Bibliography of Jill Mann's Works
The Man of Law's Tale and Crusade - Siobhain Bly Calkin
The Language Group of the Canterbury Tales - Christopher Cannon
'Save man allone': Human Exceptionality in Piers Plowman and the Exemplarist Tradition - Rebecca Davis
The Land of Cokaygne: Three Notes on the Latin Background - Peter Dronke
The Canterbury Tales and Gamelyn - A S G Edwards
The Cheerful Science: Nicholas Oresme, Home Economics, and Literary Dissemination - Elizabeth Edwards
The Poetics of Catastrophe: Ovidian Allusion in Gower's Vox Clamantis - Maura Nolan
Preaching with the Hands: Carthusian Book Production and the Speculum Devotorum - Paul Patterson
The Necessity of Difference: the Speech of Peace and the Doctrine of Contraries in Langland's Piers Plowman - Derek Pearsall
Chaucer's Complaint unto Pity and the Insights of Allegory - Ad Putter
Amor in claustro - Paul Gerhard Schmidt
'And that was litel nede': Poetry's Need in Robert Henryson's Fables and Testament of Cresseid - James Simpson
The Art of Swooning in Middle English - Barry A Windeatt
The Theory of Passionate Song - Nicolette Zeeman


Has much to offer Chaucerians. JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL LATIN2, 2012