Sacred and Profane in Chaucer and Late Medieval Literature

Sacred and Profane in Chaucer and Late Medieval Literature

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Literary depictions of the sacred and the secular from the Middle Ages are representative of the era's widely held cultural understandings related to religion and the nature of lived experience. Using late Medieval English literature, including some of Chaucer's writings, these essays do not try to define a secular realm distinct and separate from the divine or religious, but instead analyze intersections of the sacred and the profane, suggesting that these two categories are mutually constitutive rather than antithetical. With essays by former students of John V. Fleming, the collection pays tribute to the Princeton University professor emeritus through wide-ranging scholarship and literary criticism. Including reflections on depictions of Bathsheba, Troilus and Criseyde, the Legend of Good Women, Chaucer's Pardoner, and Margery Kempe, these essays focus on literature while ranging into history, philosophy, and the visual arts. Taken together, the work suggests that the domain of the sacred, as perceived in the Middle Ages, can variously be seen as having a hierarchical or a complementary relationship to the things of this world.Essays in Honour of John V. Fleming Robert William Epstein William Randolph Robins ... often draws on his own experience. the message of humility continues to underlie everything he says and at times is stated explicitly. ... instructions for speaking effectively to a live audience: the need to avoid extremes and to practice moderation. all of these features ... While he cites approvingly the model of St augustine, whose a#39;clothes were so moderate that they were neither very elegant noranbsp;...

Title:Sacred and Profane in Chaucer and Late Medieval Literature
Author:Robert William Epstein
Publisher:University of Toronto Press - 2010


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