ERIC Number: ED041914
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Essays and Explorations: Studies in Ideas, Language, and Literature.
Bloomfield, Morton W.
Seventeen reprinted essays and an unpublished one are contained in this collection and organized under five headings: History of Ideas, Approaches to Medieval Literature, Chaucer and Fourteenth-Century English Literature, Language and Linguistics, and Essay-Reviews. Topics discussed include the origin of the concept of the Seven Cardinal Sins; Chaucer's sense of history; the medieval idea of perfection; understanding Old English poetry; symbolism in medieval literature; episodic motivation and marvels in epic and romance; an appraisal of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"; "Piers Plowman" as a 14th-century apocalypse; realism in Chaucer; distance and predestination in "Troilus and Criseyde"; Canadian English and its relation to 18-century American speech; final root-forming morphemes; a grammatical approach to personification allegory; the syncategorematic in poetry; and essay-reviews of four books: "The Structure of Beowulf,""The Pardon of Piers Plowman,""Piers Plowman and Scriptural Tradition," and "Design in Chaucer's 'Troilus'." (LH)
Descriptors: Allegory, Concept Formation, English Literature, Epics, Fundamental Concepts, Historical Criticism, Language, Linguistics, Medieval History, Medieval Literature, Morphemes, North American English, Old English, Old English Literature, Poetry, Realism, Semantics, Symbolism, Syntax, Tales
Harvard University Press, 79 Garden St., Cambridge, Mass. 02138 ($8.50)
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Identifiers: Chaucer (Geoffrey); Piers Plowman; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight