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Translations of Authority in Medieval English Literature

Valuing the Vernacular

Translations of Authority in Medieval English Literature by Alastair Minnis
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In Translations of Authority in Medieval English Literature, leading critic Alastair Minnis presents the fruits of a long-term engagement with the ways in which crucial ideological issues were deployed in vernacular texts. The concept of the vernacular is seen as possessing a value far beyond the category of language - as encompassing popular beliefs and practices which could either confirm or contest those authorized by church and state institutions. Minnis addresses the crisis for vernacular translation precipitated by the Lollard heresy; the minimal engagement with Nominalism in late fourteenth-century poetry; Langland's views on indulgences; the heretical theology of Walter Brut; Margery Kempe's self-promoting biblical exegesis; and Chaucer's tales of suspicious saints and risible relics. These discussions disclose different aspects of 'vernacularity', enabling a fuller understanding of its complexity and potency.
Cambridge University Press; March 2009
290 pages; ISBN 9780511512490
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Title: Translations of Authority in Medieval English Literature
Author: Alastair Minnis
 
ISBNs
051151249X
9780511512490
9780521515948