Absent Narratives: Manuscript Textuality and Literature Structure in Late Medieval England Elizabeth Scala

ISBN: 9780312240431

Published: September 20th 2002

Hardcover

304 pages


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Absent Narratives: Manuscript Textuality and Literature Structure in Late Medieval England  by  Elizabeth  Scala

Absent Narratives: Manuscript Textuality and Literature Structure in Late Medieval England by Elizabeth Scala
September 20th 2002 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 304 pages | ISBN: 9780312240431 | 4.18 Mb

Absent Narratives, Manuscript Textuality, and Literary Structure in Late Medieval England is a book about the defining difference between medieval and modern stories. In chapters devoted to the major writers of the late medieval period--Chaucer,MoreAbsent Narratives, Manuscript Textuality, and Literary Structure in Late Medieval England is a book about the defining difference between medieval and modern stories.

In chapters devoted to the major writers of the late medieval period--Chaucer, Gower, the Gawain-poet and Malory--it presents and then analyzes a set of unique and unnoticed phenomena in medieval narrative, namely the persistent appearance of missing stories: stories implied, alluded to, or fragmented by a larger narrative. Far from being trivial digressions or passing curiosities, these absent narratives prove central to the way these medieval works function and to why they have affected readers in particular ways.

Traditionally unseen, ignored, or explained away by critics, absent narratives offer a valuable new strategy for reading medieval texts and the historically specific textual culture in which they were written.



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