Cultures of Piety: Medieval English Devotional Literature in Translation

Verlag: Cornell Univ Pr, 1999
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Inhaltsangabe: Devotional texts in late medieval England were notable for their flamboyant piety and their preoccupation with the tortured body of Christ and the grief of the Virgin Mary. Generations of readers internalized and shaped the "cultures of piety" represented by these works. Anne Clark Bartlett and Thomas H. Bestul here gather seven examples of this literature, all written in the period 13501450, one in Anglo-Norman, the remainder in Middle English. (The volume includes an appendix containing the original texts of the latter six pieces.) The collection illustrates the polyglottal, conflicting, and often polemical nature of devotional culture in the Middle Ages. It provides a valuable context for and interesting counterpoint to the Canterbury Tales and other classic works of late medieval England. The introduction and the translators' headnotes discuss crucial aspects of the texts' histories and thematics, including the importance of the body in spiritual practices, the development of female patronage and of a wide audience for this literature, and the indivisibility of the political and the religious in medieval times.

TRANSLATORS AND CONTRIBUTORS DENISE BAKER, University of North Carolina at Greensboro ANNE CLARK BARTLETT, DePaul University THOMAS H. BESTUL, University of Illinois at Chicago REBECCA KRUG, Harvard University MONA LOGARBO, Ann Arbor, MI PAUL SCHAFFNER, Ann Arbor, MI ROBERT STURGES, University of New Orleans M. TERESA TAVORMINA, Michigan State University CLAIRE WATERS, Northwestern University

Review: "The introductions to each selection and detailed footnotes clarifying obscurities make this anthology accessible to the general reader as well as to students of medieval culture. . . These new translations are a welcome aid. . . "―Choice. January, 2000.

"Bartlett and Bestul, in conjunction with their contributors, have produced a fine and useful anthology, which moves us closer to filling the gap of readily available medieval English devotional texts."―William F. Hodapp. The Medieval Review.

"In all, the selections chosen for Cultures of Piety coalesce into a provocative overview of popular piety and will serve as a useful complement to traditional readings in medieval literature, even as they provide a rich contribution to recent scholarship in late medieval devotional practices."―Virginia Blanton-Whetsell, Marist College. Arthuriana. 10:3, 2000.

"The authors' rendering into modern English extends the liberal theme of accessibility which no doubt also motivated their medieval authors. . . The translations are fluent and readable, often attempting to represent distinguishing stylistic features of the originals."―Cheryl Taylor, James Cook University. Perergon, 17.2

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