Tag Archives: Latin

Reconstructing Alliterative Verse

Alliterative poetry is first recorded in English from the late seventh century, which makes it the oldest poetry in this language. Surviving poems include Cædmon’s Hymn, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Piers Plowman, several of the most admired works … Continue reading

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Grammars and Rhetorics

To appear in the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain, ed. by Siân Echard and Richard Rouse (forthcoming, August 2017) opening paragraph: What is called western civilization is, perhaps, a fusion of the Roman imperial state and an Abrahamic … Continue reading

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Vox clamantis

My article “Gower and the Peasants’ Revolt” has been published in the journal Representations, summer 2015 issue. Here is the abstract and article opening. abstract    The Rising of 1381, or Peasants’ Revolt, was the largest popular insurrection in premodern … Continue reading

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Boethius in Medieval England

I have contributed a chapter on Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy to the forthcoming Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature, vol. 1: The Middle Ages. Written in 524-25, on the cusp of antiquity and the Middle Ages, the Consolation … Continue reading

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Boethius at MLA

[I thank the panelists for their paper proposals and interest in this session. Eleanor Johnson and Linda Shenk are authors of recent books bearing on the session topic: respectively, Practicing Literary Theory in the Middle Ages: Ethics and the Mixed … Continue reading

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Trilingual England: ENGL 567 F10

This course was a survey of Late Middle English literature, focalized around issues of language choice and language contact. We studied the shifting status, functions, and interactions of Latin, French, and English in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England, and the strategies … Continue reading

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Walter Ong, Rhetoric, and Alliterative Verse

The opening frame for a paper I presented in the session “Technologies of Writing: After Ong”, at the 2012 meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, held at St. Louis University. The paper was an exposition of the Latin grammatical and … Continue reading

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Alliterative Poetry’s Latin Learning

[My proposal for this 2007 session] The topic of this panel is suggested by David Lawton’s 1982 edited volume Middle English alliterative poetry and its literary background. In his introduction to this collection, Lawton called for a comprehensive study of … Continue reading

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The Rhetoric of Advancement

“The Rhetoric of Advancement: Ars dictaminis, Cursus, and Clerical Careerism in Late Medieval England,” New Medieval Literatures 12 (2010): 287-328. I had four objectives in this article. First, regarding ars dictaminis itself (that is, the medieval art or discipline of … Continue reading

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