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Acquiring Wisdom: Teaching Texts and the Lore of the People  

Daniel Anlezark

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article examines the acquisition of wisdom through literary text in medieval England. The most famous collections of wisdom in the Middle Ages were found in two Old Testament books ... More

Active and Contemplative Lives  

Jennifer Summit

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Jun 2010
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Nov 2015
This article examines the debate over the vita activa versus the vita contemplativa in England across the late medieval and early modern periods. After considering the inversion of the ... More

The Adventures Passed by Master George Gascoigne: Experiments in Prose  

Gillian Austen

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Jun 2013
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Aug 2013
This article examines George Gascoigne's prose writing. Gascoigne's modern reputation rests principally upon four works: the prose fiction A Discourse of the Adventures passed by Master ... More

Ælfric of Eynsham  

Andrew Scheil

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Sep 2014
This article introduces and surveys the life and writings of the Anglo-Saxon monk, Ælfric of Eynsham (c.955–c.1010). It provides a summary of the main scholarly work that has been done on ... More

All Talk and No Action? Early Modern Political Dialogue  

Cathy Shrank

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Jun 2013
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Aug 2013
This article examines sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century dialogue. It considers why so many writers chose to convey opinions or explore ideas in works laid out as conversations. The ... More

Anachronism  

Margreta De Grazia

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Jun 2010
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Nov 2015
To an age enjoined to “Always Historicize,” anachronism is an embarrassment. It is not merely getting a date wrong, a chronological error. It is mistaking some aspect of a period’s ... More

Ancient Greek Elegy  

Gregory Nagy

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article fully considers the tradition and function of ancient Greek elegy. It is shown that the elegy uses its own peculiar hexameters existing in a codependent relationship with the ... More

Anti‐Social Reform: Writing Rebellion  

Stephen Kelly

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article examines writing about rebellion and anti-social reform in medieval England. It discusses examples where carnivalesque inversion of social hierarchy reveals political ... More

Astrology, Magic, and Witchcraft  

P. G. Maxwell-Stuart

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Jun 2013
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Aug 2013
The Elizabethans and Jacobeans along with all their European contemporaries lived simultaneously in the physical world and a spiritual realm inhabited by spirits, angels, demons, and the ... More

Aurality  

Joyce Coleman

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Apr 2007
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Nov 2015
Orality—understood as the oral delivery of texts—is often assumed to have given way to literacy—the private reading of texts—over the course of the medieval period. The two entities are ... More

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