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Published: 01 December 2018

272 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9781526131171

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The politics of Middle English parables

Fiction, theology, and social practice

First Edition

Mary Raschko

Published by Manchester University Press

Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture MUP

  • Challenges the assumption that parables are simple doctrinal stories, instead characterising them as fundamentally ambiguous and historically contingent narratives
  • Reveals how Middle English parables inscribe the ideologies, power structures and cultural debates of late-medieval Christianity
  • Demonstrates that alliterative poetry DS typically overshadowed by the works of Chaucer and Gower in discussions of Middle English storytelling DS was an important site of experimentation with short, ethically charged fiction
  • Brings together Middle English texts of diverse genres, including works often neglected by literary scholars and only available in manuscript form