The Cambridge Companion to Piers Plowman

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Andrew Cole, Andrew Galloway
Cambridge University Press, Feb 13, 2014 - Literary Criticism
Piers Plowman has long been considered one of the greatest poems of medieval England. Current scholarship on this alliterative masterpiece looks very different from that available even a decade ago. New information about the manuscripts of the poem, new historical discoveries, and new investigations of its literary, cultural and theoretical scope have fundamentally altered the very meaning of Langland's art. This Companion thus critically surveys traditional scholarship, with the aim of recuperating its best insights, and it ventures forth into newer areas of inquiry attuned to questions of social setting, institutional context, intellectual and literary history, theory, and the revitalized fields of codicology and paleography. By proceeding through chapters that offer cumulatively wider views as well as stand-alone analyses of topics most crucial to understanding Piers Plowman, this Companion gives serious students and seasoned scholars alike up-to-date knowledge of this intricate and beautiful poem.
 

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Contents

Major episodes and moments in Piers Plowman B
15
The versions and revisions of Piers Plowman
33
Literary history and Piers Plowman
50
Allegory and Piers Plowman
65
an index for a Langland family history
85
Religious forms and institutions in Piers Plowman
97
Political forms and institutions in Piers Plowman
115
Christian philosophy in Piers Plowman
136
The nonChristians of Piers Plowman
160
Manuscripts and readers of Piers Plowman
179
Plowman traditions in late medieval and early modern writing
198
Piers Plowman in theory
214
Notes
230
Guide to further reading
249
Index
263
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About the author (2014)

Andrew Cole is Associate Professor of English at Princeton University.

Andrew Galloway is Professor of English at Cornell University.