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Introduction to Piers Plowman (Hardcover) (Michael A. Calabrese)

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“A comprehensive and witty guide to understanding Piers Plowman in all its versions, and a manifesto for the pure intellectual pleasure to be had from reading the text as it dynamically unfolds in each of the poet’s reworkings.”—Sarah Wood, author of Conscience and the Composition of Piers PlowmanWilliam Langland’s allegorical poem Piers Plowman is becoming ever more popular in medieval English literature courses. But most current introductions focus primarily on the B text, leaving a gap in available resources for the poem’s study. AsPiers Plowman continues to gain academic attention in all its three versions (the A, B, and C texts), teachers and students need a new perspective and new approach to the poem as an evolving whole.This first comprehensive introduction to Langland’s masterful work covers all three iterations and outlines the various changes that occurred between each. Useful for individuals reading any version ofPiers Plowman, this engaging guide offers a much-needed navigational summary, a chronology of historic events relevant to the poem, biographical notes about Langland, and keys to characters and proper pronunciation. Calabrese’s definitive and refreshingly lively volume allows readers to navigate this daunting poem and to contextualize it within the literary history of Western culture.
Number of Pages: 384.0
Genre: Literary Criticism, Biography + Autobiography, History
Sub-Genre: Literary
Series Title: New Perspectives on Medieval Literature: Authors and Traditions
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida
Author: Michael A. Calabrese
Language: English
Street Date: August 23, 2016
TCIN: 51407581
UPC: 9780813062709
Item Number (DPCI): 248-20-3230

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