Lies, Slander, and Obscenity in Medieval English Literature

Lies, Slander, and Obscenity in Medieval English Literature

Pastoral Rhetoric and the Deviant Speaker

eBook - 1997
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Cambridge Univ Pr
Drawing on manuscript sources, this book examines how the medieval clergy developed the authority and persuasive force to attempt to govern the day-to-day speech of Western Christians. It explores, for the first time, how Chaucer, Langland, Gower and the "Patience" poet presented and judged these attempts to label some political, social and private speech as deviant and destructive--as lying, slander, blasphemy and other Sins of the Tongue.
Examines clerical discourse in Chaucer, Langland, Gower and the 'Patience' poet.

Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997
ISBN: 9780511007583
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 255 pages)


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