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Author Strohm, Paul, 1938-

Title Theory and the premodern text / Paul Strohm
Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©2000


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 269 pages)
Series Medieval cultures ; v. 26
Medieval cultures ; v. 26.
Contents Acknowledgments; Introduction; PART I: SPACE, SYMBOLIZATION, AND SOCIAL PRACTICE; 1. Three London Itineraries: Aesthetic Purity and the Composing Process; 2. Walking Fire: Symbolization, Action, and Lollard Burning; 3. Coronation as Legible Practice; PART II: TIME AND NARRATIVE; 4. "Lad with Revel to Newegate": Chaucerian Narrative and Historical Metanarrative; 5. Fictions of Time and Origin: Friar Huberd and the Lepers; 6. Chaucer's Troilus as Temporal Archive; PART III: READING THE HISTORICAL TEXT; 7. Prohibiting History: Capgrave and the Death of Richard II
8. Trade, Treason, and the Murder of Janus Imperial9. Shakespeare's Oldcastle: Another Ill-Framed Knight; 10. Postmodernism and History; PART IV: PSYCHOANALYSIS AND MEDIEVAL STUDIES; 11. What Can We Know about Chaucer That He Didn't Know about Himself?; 12. John's Locked Box: Kingship and the Management of Desire; 13. Mellyagant's Primal Scene; Notes; Indexes; Protagonists, Events, and Selected Medieval Texts; Commentators, Theorists, and Selected Texts; Theoretical Concepts
Summary Insisting on the imaginative multiplicity of the text, Strohm finds in theory an augmentation of interpretive possibilities--an augmentation that sometimes requires respectful disagreement with what a work says--or seems to want known--about itself. Coupled with this strategic disrespect is a new and amplified form of respect--for the text as a meaning-making system, for its unruly power and its unpredictable effects in the world
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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Subject Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400 -- Criticism and interpretation
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Histories.
Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
Literature and history -- England -- History -- To 1500
English literature -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc
Literature and history -- England -- History -- 16th century
Civilization, Medieval, in literature.
Historical drama, English -- History and criticism
Kings and rulers in literature.
Rhetoric, Medieval.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Chronicle plays of William Shakespeare
Civilization, Medieval, in literature
Historical drama, English
Kings and rulers in literature
Literature and history
Rhetoric, Medieval
London (England) -- In literature
England -- London
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780816692651