Documentary Culture and the Making of Medieval English Literature

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Cambridge University Press, May 29, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 266 pages
Emily Steiner describes the rich intersections between legal documents and English literature in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. She argues that documentary culture (including charters, testaments, patents and seals) enabled writers to think in new ways about the conditions of textual production in late medieval England.
 

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Contents

Bracton Deguileville and the defense of allegory
17
Lyric genre and the material text
61
Piers Plowman and the archive of salvation
93
Documents in the Piers Plowman
143
Lollard community and the Charters of Christ
193
Margery Baxter
229
Bibliography
247
Index
263
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About the author (2003)

Emily Steiner is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the editor (with Candace Barrington) of The Letter of the Law: Legal Practice and Literary Production in Late Medieval England (2002).

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