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Title: Documentary Culture and the Making of Medieval English Literature
Author: Steiner, Emily
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2003
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521824842
Volumes: 1; Pages: 284
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Emily Steiner describes the rich intersection between legal documents and English literature in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. She argues that documentary culture (including charters, testaments, patents and seals) enabled writers to think in new ways about the conditions of textual production in late Medieval England.ContentsPart I. Documentary Poetics1. Bracton, Deguileville and the defense of allegory2. Lyric, genre, and the material textPart II. Langland's Documents3. Piers Plowman and the archive of salvation4. Writing public: documents in the Piers Plowman traditionPart III. Identity, Heterodoxy, Documents5. Lollard community and the Charters of Christ6. Lollard rhetoric and the written record: Margery Baxter and William ThorpeEpilogue: 'My lordys lettyr & the seel of Cawntyrbery'.