By Ardis Butterfield
The time-honored Enemy re-examines the linguistic, literary, and cultural identities of britain and France in the context of the Hundred Years conflict. in this battle, profoundly intertwined peoples constructed advanced innovations for expressing their aggressively intimate courting. This detailed connection among the English and the French has persevered into the trendy interval as a version for Western nationhood. Ardis Butterfield reassesses the idea that of 'nation' during this interval via a wide-ranging dialogue of writing produced in battle, truce, or exile from the 13th to the 15th century, concluding with reflections at the retrospective perspectives of this clash created through the pains of Jeanne d'Arc and by means of Shakespeare's Henry V. She considers authors writing in French, 'Anglo-Norman', English, and the comedian culture of Anglo-French 'jargon', together with Machaut, Deschamps, Froissart, Chaucer, Gower, Charles d'Orleans, in addition to many lesser-known or nameless works. normally Chaucer has been noticeable as a quintessentially English writer. This publication argues that he should be resituated in the deeply francophone context, not just of britain however the wider multilingual cultural geography of medieval Europe. It therefore means that a contemporary knowing of what 'English' may need intended within the fourteenth century can't be separated from 'French', and that this has far-reaching implications either for our knowing of English and the English, and of French and the French.
Read Online or Download The Familiar Enemy: Chaucer, Language, and Nation in the Hundred Years War PDF
Similar english literature books
Writing After Sidney examines the literary reaction to Sir Philip Sidney (1554-86), writer of the Arcadia, Astrophil and Stella, and The Defence of Poesy, and the main instantly influential author of the Elizabethan interval. It does so through having a look heavily either at Sidney and at 4 writers who had an incredible stake in his afterlife: his sister Mary Sidney, his brother Robert Sidney, his ally Fulke Greville, and his niece Mary Wroth.
Saki is the stated grasp of the fast tale. His writing is classy, competitively priced, and witty, its tone worldly, flippant irreverence added in astringent exchanges and epigrams extra neat, pointed, and poised even than Wilde's. The deadpan narrative voice permits the unsentimental recitation of horrors and the comically gruesome, and the new release of in charge laughter at a few very un-pc statements.
The unique CliffsNotes research publications supply specialist remark on significant subject matters, plots, characters, and historic history — all that can assist you achieve better perception into nice works you are certain to learn for faculty or excitement. In CliffsNotes on Shaw's guy and Superman & Caesar and Cleopatra you discover of George Bernard Shaw's a variety of performs.
What does it suggest to be a loose citizen in occasions of warfare and tyranny? what sort of schooling is required to be a "first" or major citizen in a strife-filled kingdom? And what does it suggest to be loose while freedom is forcibly adversarial? those matters pervade Thomas More's earliest writings, writings ordinarily unknown, together with his 280 poems, declamation on tyrannicide, coronation ode for Henry VIII, and his lifetime of Pico della Mirandola, all written sooner than Richard III and Utopia.
- The Polemics and Poems of Rachel Speght (Women Writers in English 1350-1850)
- A Companion to Chaucer
- Prophecy and Public Affairs in Later Medieval England
- The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature, Volume One: From Columba to the Union (until 1707): The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature: From ... History of Scottish Literature EUP) (vol. 1)
- Early Medieval English Texts and Interpretations: Studies Presented to Donald G. Scragg (Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies)
Extra info for The Familiar Enemy: Chaucer, Language, and Nation in the Hundred Years War
28 On ‘the aristocratic diaspora’ of the tenth to thirteenth centuries, see R. Bartlett, The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change, 950–1350 (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993), 24–59. On aspects of the linguistic diaspora of French, see S. Kinoshita, Medieval Boundaries: Rethinking Difference in Old French Literature (Philadelphia: University of Philadelphia Press, 2006). 29 R. Berndt, ‘The Period of the Final Decline of French in Medieval England (Fourteenth and Early Fifteenth Centuries)’, Zeitschrift fu¨r Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 20 (1972), 341–69.
3 Pre-nation and Post-nation 5 possession and identity: although ‘Norman’ proved to be a more persuasive category than any of the others that were claiming recognition in and around the British Isles—Angevin, Franc¸ais, Blois, Breton, Engleis, Jersiais—it was not a national one. Looking at Britain through the eyes of Wace and his Trojan seafarers gives us an insight into the entangled character of British identity in the earlier medieval period. As I have just implied, to talk of it as a matter of contention between ‘England’ and ‘France’, or even between England and the Normans, is misleading.
33 Yet (as all sides implicitly recognize) ‘Anglo-Norman’ is not a straightforward category, linguistically, socially, or culturally. Its relations to both ‘Frenchness’ and ‘Englishness’ are fraught with interpretive questions and burdened by a history of partisan scholarly assumptions. French scholars have tended to be dismissive of Anglo-Norman writings. In the case of fabliaux, for example, several works previously collected under this generic label were excluded from the most recent magisterial collected edition by Willem Noomen and Nico van 31 This is not meant to imply that Gower’s French and Latin works have not received attention, but that to date they have been perceived as playing a markedly less signiﬁcant role in English literary history than his English Confessio amantis.