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By Marion Turner (editor)

A guide to heart English stories provides a sequence of unique essays from prime literary students that discover the connection among serious idea and overdue medieval literature.
• contains 26 new essays by means of best students of past due medieval literature
• units the hot typical for an creation to the examine of overdue medieval literature
• Showcases the most up-tp-date state of the art theoretical research
• Demonstrates more than a few methods to past due medieval literature
• Brings jointly severe concept and medieval literature

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In Chaucer’s dream-vision poem The Book of the Duchess, the apparently obtuse narrator – a therapon of the order of Sancho Panza – questions the melancholic Man in Black about the latter’s lamentably lost ‘‘queen,’’ White. ’’ (l. 1309). But who is this mysterious Man in Black anyway? Is he John of Gaunt, whose duchess, Blanche, died in the course of the 1368 plague? Then again, the Man in Black says ‘‘y am sorwe, and sorwe ys y’’ (l. 597). Does he stand for an emotion? Is he an allegorical figure?

This kind of forgetting – or misplaced remembrance – is aligned with undisciplined desire, ‘‘fantesy,’’ sensuality, women and death. Yet at the same time these are also what drive the quest and, with it, the acquisition of Orpheus’s skill and the narrative itself. Henryson is, of course, retelling an old story as he explores both intricate psychological processes and questions of artistic creativity through the figures of Orpheus and Eurydice. 1386–1390), John Gower explains the relationship between past and present writers thus: Of hem that writen ous tofore The bokes duelle, and we therfore Ben tawht of that was write tho: Forthi good is that we also Memory 37 In oure tyme among ous hiere Do wryte of newe som matiere, Essampled of these olde wyse, So that it myhte in such a wyse, Whan we ben ded and elleswhere, Beleve to the worldes eere In tyme comende after this.

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