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Gestures and looks played an even more important role in public and private exchanges of medieval society, than they do today. Gestures meant more than words, for example, in ceremonies of homage and fealty. In this compelling study, medievalist Burr … weiterlesen
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Titel: Gestures and Looks in Medieval Narrative
Autor/en: J. A. Burrow, Burrow J. a.

ISBN: 0521815649
EAN: 9780521815642
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Sprache: Englisch.
Herausgegeben von Alastair Minnis
CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR

Oktober 2005 - gebunden - 216 Seiten

Beschreibung

Gestures and looks played an even more important role in public and private exchanges of medieval society, than they do today. Gestures meant more than words, for example, in ceremonies of homage and fealty. In this compelling study, medievalist Burrow examines the role of non-verbal communication in a range of narrative texts, including Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, the anonymous Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Malory's Morte D'arthur, the romances of Chré tien de Troyes, the prose Lancelot, Boccaccio's Il Filostrato, and Dante's Commedia.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. Gestures; 3. Looks; 4. Two Middle English narratives; 5. Dante's Commedia; 6. Afterword; Bibliography; Index of names and titles; Index of signs.

Portrait

John Burrow is Emeritus Professor and Research Fellow in the Department of English at Bristol University. He has published widely on middle English literature. His books include Medieval Writers and Their Work (1982).

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'... this fascinating book ... the author's intellectual flexibility and lightness of touch make this book a pleasure to read ...' Times Literary Supplement '... a fascinating study of non-verbal communication elements in both well-known and lesser-known medieval texts. It is the first general study of its kind in English ... I found the writing to be quite readable, so that a non-scholar with an interest in either the texts or the topic would find the style accessible. I can easily see providing excerpts or even a whole chapter of this book to students in an undergraduate literature class, or the whole book to students in a graduate medieval literature course ... Burrow supplies useful, contextual information about the passages he includes as examples, as well as relevant historical and social background for each of the elements of non-verbal communication he explores in the texts ... medievalists will find Burrow's interpretations sound, viable, and highly relevant. I found Burrow's interpretations of scenes that I have read, studied, and taught for years enlightening ... accessible writing style ...a valuable addition to medieval studies which points the way to further research in this much needed area of analysis.' Cercles

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