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Published: 03 May 2012

200 Pages


ISBN: 9780199653768

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Conscience and the Composition of Piers Plowman

Sarah Wood

Oxford English Monographs

  • A new approach to reading the serial versions of Piers Plowman and a timely critique of customary modes of textual presentation of the poem
  • Presents a variety of new literary and historical contexts for key scenes in the poem
  • Provides historical and social, as well as theological, perspectives on one of Langland's major personified figures
  • Pays close attention to Langland's language and the variety of registers associated with the character Conscience, from invective and pastoral mneumonics to legal diction and Latinate grammatical terminology
  • Makes an important contribution to the history of criticism on Piers Plowman by analysing the range of past approaches to Langland's personifications, as well as drawing on the latest studies in the field