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The Gawain-Poet and the Fourteenth-Century English Anticlerical Tradition

By Ethan Campbell

The Gawain-Poet and the Fourteenth-Century English Anticlerical Tradition
Hardback, 254 pages £78.00
Published: 2018
ISBN: 9781580443074
Format: 234mm x 156mm
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Subjects: Literary Studies, Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies
Series: Research in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

Ethan Campbell argues that a central feature of the Gawain-poet's Middle English works' moral rhetoric is anticlerical critique. Written in an era when clerical corruption was a key concern for polemicists such as Richard FitzRalph and John Wyclif, as well as satirical poets such as John Gower, William Langland, and Geoffrey Chaucer, the Gawain poems feature an explicit attack on hypocritical priests in the opening lines of Cleanness as well as more subtle critiques embedded within depictions of flawed priest-like characters.

1. Introduction: The Sullied Sacrament
2. The Textual Environment of Fourteenth-Century English Anticlericalism
3. The Anticlerical Poetics of Cleanness
4. The Reluctant Priest of Patience
5. The Late-Arriving Priest of Pearl
6. The Devilish Priest of Sir Gawain

Ethan Campbell is Associate Professor of English & Literature and Coordinator of the English Major at The King's College in New York City.



Publication Details:


Binding:
 Hardback , 254 pages
ISBN:
 9781580443074
Format:
 234mm x 156mm

BIC Code:
 DSBB, DSC
BISAC Code:
  LIT004120, LIT011000, LIT014000
Imprint:
 Medieval Institute Publications


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