Aus unseren Neuerwerbungen – Anglistik 2019.1

Author, scribe, and book in late medieval Eng­lish lit­er­a­ture
The works of four major fif­teenth-cen­tu­ry writ­ers re-exam­ined, show­ing their inno­v­a­tive recon­cep­tu­al­iza­tion of Mid­dle Eng­lish author­ship and the man­u­script book.
Thomas Hoc­cleve, Margery Kempe, John Aude­lay and Charles d’Or­léans present them­selves as the mak­ers not only of their texts, but also of the books that trans­mit­ted their writ­ing. This new study argues that they elab­o­rat­ed a „self-pub­lish­ing pose“ with the aim of regain­ing their audi­ences‘ con­fi­dence in the face of the com­pro­mised social, phys­i­cal and mate­r­i­al con­di­tions they inhab­it­ed. Dr Crit­ten shows that while the strate­gies of self-pre­sen­ta­tion that these authors devel­op draw on trends in con­tem­po­rary lit­er­a­ture and book his­to­ry (such as the pro­lif­er­a­tion of the „go, litel bok“ motif and the increas­ing pop­u­lar­i­ty of the sin­gle-author codex), their approach to writ­ing dif­fers fun­da­men­tal­ly from that pur­sued by their imme­di­ate pre­de­ces­sors, Chaucer and Gow­er, and by their most promi­nent peer, Lydgate. Rather, in their unusu­al insis­tence on their co-iden­ti­ty with their man­u­scripts, they demon­strate a new aware­ness of the social­ly instru­men­tal poten­tial of Mid­dle Eng­lish writ­ing.
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From here to Hog­warts: essays on Har­ry Pot­ter fan­dom and fic­tion
The social rela­tions, soci­etal struc­tures and exis­ten­tial conun­drums in the world of Har­ry Pot­ter nov­els reflect our own. When the author­i­tar­i­an­ism of Hog­warts falls upon Har­ry, it is an echo of dis­ci­pli­nary prac­tices in real-world high schools. The eco­nom­ic inequities of the wiz­ard­ing world mir­ror those of mod­ern soci­eties. The art, lit­er­a­ture and mass media of wiz­ard soci­ety reveal our deep-root­ed fears. Harry’s world is our world. This col­lec­tion presents new essays by con­trib­u­tors across a range of dis­ci­plines, bring­ing fresh per­spec­tives on one of the most influ­en­tial texts in mod­ern his­to­ry.
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