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Translations of Authority in Medieval English Literature Valuing the Vernacular by Alastair (Yale University, Connecticut) Minnis

Translations of Authority in Medieval English Literature Valuing the Vernacular


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Translations of Authority in Medieval English Literature Valuing the Vernacular by Alastair (Yale University, Connecticut) Minnis

In Translations of Authority in Medieval English Literature, leading critic Alastair Minnis presents the fruits of a long-term engagement with the ways in which crucial ideological issues were deployed in vernacular texts. The concept of the vernacular is seen as possessing a value far beyond the category of language - as encompassing popular beliefs and practices which could either confirm or contest those authorized by church and state institutions. Minnis addresses the crisis for vernacular translation precipitated by the Lollard heresy; the minimal engagement with Nominalism in late fourteenth-century poetry; Langland's views on indulgences; the heretical theology of Walter Brut; Margery Kempe's self-promoting biblical exegesis; and Chaucer's tales of suspicious saints and risible relics. These discussions disclose different aspects of 'vernacularity', enabling a fuller understanding of its complexity and potency.


Review of the hardback: 'Minnis slaloms down the steep slopes of scholastic theology with virtuosic ease and rapidity ... an impressive book that anyone interested in arguments about vernacular theology and English orthodoxy, or anyone interested in how Alastair Minnis continues to write so well and so much, will want to read.
Notes and Queries Review of the hardback:

'Together with the many incidental pleasures afforded by a book that is redolent throughout of its author's long familiarity with the creativity of scholastic thought, Minnis's greatest achievement here is to make this revisiting of textual cruces look easy ...'
Studies in the Age of Chaucer

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Publication date

10th October 2011


Alastair (Yale University, Connecticut) Minnis

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Cambridge University Press


290 pages


Literature & literary studies



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