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Author Smith, D. Vance, 1963-

Title The book of the incipit : beginnings in the fourteenth century / D. Vance Smith
Published Minneapolis, Minn. : University of Minnesota Press, ©2001


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 295 pages)
Series Medieval cultures ; v. 28
Medieval cultures ; v. 28.
Contents Preliminary; Incipit: A Fourteenth-Century Incipit; Initium: Incipits and the Intentions of Vernacular Writing; Exordium: Making Beginnings: Disposition and Inscription; Thema: The Book That Makes Itself; Origo: Genealogy: Engenderment and Digression; Conditora: The Archive of Grammar: Beginning and Documentary Remembrance; Principium: Beginning Perfection: The Theology of Inception; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary In the first book to examine one of the most peculiar features of one of the greatest and most perplexing poems of England's late Middle Ages--the successive attempts of Piers Plowman to begin, and to keep beginning--D. Vance Smith compels us to rethink beginning, as concept and practice, in both medieval and contemporary terms
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-281) and index
Notes English
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Subject Langland, William, 1330?-1400? Piers Plowman.
Langland, William, 1330?-1400? -- Technique
Langland, William, 1330?-1400?
Piers Plowman (Langland, William)
Christian poetry, English (Middle) -- History and criticism
English language -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- Rhetoric
Openings (Rhetoric)
Rhetoric, Medieval.
POETRY -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
POETRY -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Christian poetry, English (Middle)
Openings (Rhetoric)
Rhetoric, Medieval
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780816692583