Book Publications

Lynn Arner has published Chaucer, Gower, and the Vernacular Rising: Poetry and the Problem of the Populace After 1381 (Penn State University Press, 2013). Chaucer, Gower, and the Vernacular Rising examines the transmission of Greco-Roman and European literature into English during the late fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries, while literacy was burgeoning among men and women from the non-ruling classes. This dissemination offered a radically democratizing potential for accessing, interpreting, and deploying learned texts. Focusing primarily on an overlooked sector of Chaucer's and Gower's early readership, namely, the upper strata of non-ruling urban classes, Lynn Arner argues that Chaucer's and Gower's writings engaged in elaborate processes of constructing cultural expertise. These writings helped define gradations of cultural authority, determining who could contribute to the production of legitimate knowledge and granting certain socioeconomic groups political leverage in the wake of the English Rising of 1381. Chaucer, Gower, and the Vernacular Rising simultaneously examines Chaucer's and Gower's negotiations--often articulated at the site of gender--over poetics and over the roles that vernacular poetry should play in the late medieval English social formation. This study investigates how Chaucer's and Gower's texts positioned poetry to become a powerful participant in processes of social control.
New revised guide to narratives Written by János M. Bak I should like to call you attention to our revised guide: Chronicon. Medieval narrative sources A chronological guide with introductory essays. Edited—with the cooperation of several scholars—by János M. Bak and Ivan Jurković (Turnout: Brepols, 2013) 496 pp. ISBN 978-2-503-54833-3 (alas!): EUR 85 This is an updated and much expanded version of the Bak-Hollingsworth-Quirin guide (New York: Garland 1987 and German version Stuttgart: Steiner 1988). While not a critical encyclopedia as the Encyclopedia of Medieval Chronicle or similar handbooks, it differs from other reference works in that it is not organized by alphabetical sequence but by region and chronology. Simply put: if you want to know, what was written in (or about) a given area in a given time period (incl. a selection of saints’ lives), this guide would put you on your way by listing editions, translations and—if available—electronic versions, with reference to the detailed discussion in the EMC or the Repertorium (or the relevant Bibliographia Hagiographica). It covers “Europe” in a wider sense, including narratives—beyond the traditional core of medieval Europe—not only from Byzantium but also a selection from the Christian East and the Muslim world, from ca. 400 AD to ca. 1500 AD listing 1221 titles. There are three indexes: author/title, personal names, and geographical terms. In addition, eight essays (by Patrick Geary, Hans-Werner Goetz, Courtney Booker, Niall Christie, István Perczel with Irma Karaushvili, Gábor Klaniczay, Norbert Kersken, and Balázs Nagy) discuss genres and types of narratives or regional characteristics of chronicles and biographies.
New Book to celebrate the work of distinguished University of Toronto Professor, Ann Dooley, now available from Four Courts PressGablánach in scélaigecht: Celtic studies in honour of Ann DooleySarah Sheehan, Joanne Findon & Westley Follett, editors This book celebrates the career of Ann Dooley, one of Canada’s most eminent Celtic medievalists. Dooley’s colleagues at the University of Toronto, her former doctoral students and some of the most prominent scholars in medieval Celtic studies honour her work with sixteen original essays reflecting her teaching and interests: early Irish and Welsh literature and history, literary theory and feminist approaches to medieval Celtic literature. Contributors: James Acken (U Victoria), John Carey (UCC), Anne Connon (Ohio Dominican U), Joanne Findon (Trent U), Westley Follett (U Southern Mississippi), Patrick K. Ford (Harvard U), Michael W. Herren (York U), Karen Jankulak (U Wales Trinity Saint David), David N. Klausner (U Toronto), Brent Miles (Adam Mickiewicz U Poznan), Connell Monette (Al Akhawayn U), Tomás Ó Cathasaigh (Harvard U), Dáibhí Ó Cróinín (NUIG), Pádraig Ó Riain (UCC), Harry Roe (U Toronto), Sarah Sheehan (U Toronto).Hardback. 320 pages. Illustrated. Available Nowhttp://www.fourcourtspress.ie/product.php?intProductID=1165
I'd like to announce the publication of the book Twentieth-Century Chaucer Criticism with Ashgate Press. Details can be found here. You can buy the book here.