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Routledge Revivals: Chaucer, Langland, and the Creative Imagination (1980)

1st Edition

By David Aers

Routledge

236 pages

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First published in 1980, this study of two renowned later fourteenth century English poets, Chaucer and Langland, concentrates on some major and representative aspects of their work. Aers shows that, in contrast to the mass conventional writing of the period, which was happy to accept and propagate traditional ideologies, Chaucer and Langland were preoccupied with actual conflicts, strains, and developments in received ideologies and social practices. He demonstrates that they were genuinely exploratory, and created work which actively questioned dominant ideologies, even those which they themselves revered and hoped to affirm. For Chaucer and Langland the imagination was indeed creative, involved in the active construction of meanings, and in their poetry they grasped and explored social commitments, religious developments and many perplexing contradictions which were subverting inherited paradigms.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

1. Imagination and Traditional Ideologies in Piers Plowman

2. Langland and the Church: Affirmation and Negation

3. Langland, Apocalypse, and the Saeculum

4. Chaucer: Reflexive Imagination, Knowledge, and Authority

5. Chaucer’s Criseyde: Woman in Society, Woman in Love

6. Chaucer: Love, Sex, and Marriage

7. Imagination, Order, and Ideology: The Knight’s Tale

Notes

Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS015000
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HIS037010
HISTORY / Medieval
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT011000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Medieval
LIT014000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry