Book Of The Incipit: Beginnings in the Fourteenth Century D. Vance Smith

ISBN: 9780816637607

Published: May 1st 2001

Hardcover

320 pages


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Book Of The Incipit: Beginnings in the Fourteenth Century  by  D. Vance Smith

Book Of The Incipit: Beginnings in the Fourteenth Century by D. Vance Smith
May 1st 2001 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 320 pages | ISBN: 9780816637607 | 6.75 Mb

In the first book to examine one of the most peculiar features of one of the greatest and most perplexing poems of Englands late Middle Ages -- the successive attempts of Piers Plowman to begin, and to keep beginning -- D. Vance Smith compels us toMoreIn the first book to examine one of the most peculiar features of one of the greatest and most perplexing poems of Englands late Middle Ages -- the successive attempts of Piers Plowman to begin, and to keep beginning -- D.

Vance Smith compels us to rethink beginning, as concept and practice, in both medieval and contemporary terms.The problem of beginning was invested with increasing urgency in the fourteenth century, imagined and grappled with in the courts, the churches, the universities, the workshops, the fields, and the streets of England.

The Book of the Incipit reveals how Langlands poem exemplifies a widespread interest in beginning in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, an interest that appears in such divergent fields as the physics of motion, the measurement of time, logic, grammar, rhetoric, theology, book production, and insurrection.Smith offers a theoretical understanding of beginning that departs from the structuralisms of Edward Said, the traditional formalisms of A.

D. Nuttall, and most medievalist and modernist treatments of closure. Instead, he conceives a works beginning as a figure of the work itself, and the inception of language as the problem of beginning to which we continue to return.



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