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Practicing Literary Theory in the Middle Ages
Author: Eleanor Johnson

ISBN: 9780226015842
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 16 April 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5
Description:
Literary scholars often avoid the category of the aesthetic in discussions of ethics, believing that purely aesthetic judgments can vitiate analyses of a literary work's sociopolitical heft and meaning. InPracticing Literary Theory in the Middle Ages, Eleanor Johnson reveals that aesthetics-the formal aspects of literary language that make it sense-perceptible-are indeed inextricable from ethics in the writing of medieval literature.Johnson brings a keen formalist eye to bear on the prosimetric form: the mixing of prose with lyrical poetry. This form descends from the writings of the sixth-century Christian philosopher Boethius-specifically his famous prison text,Consolation of Philosophy-to the late medieval English tradition. Johnson argues that Boethius's text had a broad influence not simply on the thematic and philosophical content of subsequent literary writing, but also on the specific aesthetic construction of several vernacular traditions. She demonstrates the underlying prosimetric structures in a variety of Middle English texts-including Chaucer'sTroilus and Criseyde and portions o...

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