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Essays on Aesthetics and Medieval Literature in Honor of Howell Chickering
By Bonnie Wheeler (editor), R. F. Yeager (editor) and John M. Hill (editor)
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Publisher Pontifical Inst of Medieval
Publication date April 1, 2014
Pages 297
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780888448255
ISBN-10 0888448252
Dimensions 1 by 6.25 by 9 in.
Weight 1.45 lbs.
Published in Canada
Original list price $90.00
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: Reflecting the strong aesthetic turn in literary studies, these powerful, persuasive essays keep an eye on the seductions of beauty while offering fresh approaches to medieval poetics. Significant new scholarship, they open out to a wide range of medieval poems and poetical features, as well as to the aesthetic preoccupations of nineteenth-century medievalism. The contributors honor Howell Chickering's multi-faceted work on poetic energy, metrical surprise, and the sonic features of sense by, collectively, moving insightfully across early medieval fragments, such as "Caedmon's Hymn" and The Battle of Maldon, to the art of depicting psychological states in Old English narrative, the sublime aesthetics of terror in Beowulf, and pitch as well as deep and surface proportioning in The Dream of the Rood. For Chaucer's Age, well-researched contributions assess modes of beauty in Troilus and Criseyde, surprising unity in Chaucer on women and love, the aesthetic implications of grammatical choices and forms, and the celebration of art in Gower's French balades. Good fun is had with the artful humor of insatiable wives in the Canterbury Tales, along with the practical and gustatory aesthetic of Lydgate's culinary poems. The focus on medieval poetry rounds out with thoughtful essays on mystical poetry and prose and on the challenges of translating ambiguity in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The gathering closes, however, in intellectually and artistically striking ways with essays on Coleridge and medievalism, and, finally, the page design, ornamentation and typeface beauties of the Kelmscott Chaucer. Pleasure and delight abound in a most fitting tribute to the broad impact of the career of Howell Chickering, the G. Armour Craig Professor of Language and Literature at Amherst College.

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With Bonnie Wheeler (other contributor), John M. Hill (other contributor) | from Pontifical Inst of Medieval (April 1, 2014)
9780888448255 | details & prices | 297 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $90.00
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