The Resource Middle English marvels : magic, spectacle, and morality in the fourteenth century, Tara Williams, (ebook)

Middle English marvels : magic, spectacle, and morality in the fourteenth century, Tara Williams, (ebook)

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Middle English marvels : magic, spectacle, and morality in the fourteenth century
Title
Middle English marvels
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magic, spectacle, and morality in the fourteenth century
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Tara Williams
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eng
Summary
This multidisciplinary volume illustrates how representations of magic in fourteenth-century romances link the supernatural, spectacle, and morality in distinctive ways. Supernatural marvels represented in vivid visual detail are foundational to the characteristic Middle English genres of romance and hagiography. In Middle English Marvels, Tara Williams explores the didactic and affective potential of secular representations of magic and shows how fourteenth-century English writers tested the limits of that potential. Drawing on works by Augustine, Gervase of Tilbury, Chaucer, and the anonymous poets of Sir Orfeo and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, among others, Williams examines how such marvels might convey moral messages within and beyond the narrative. She analyzes examples from both highly canonical and more esoteric texts and examines marvels that involve magic and transformation, invoke visual spectacle, and invite moral reflection on how one should relate to others. Within this shared framework, Williams finds distinct concerns-chivalry, identity, agency, and language-that intersect with the marvelous in significant ways. Integrating literary and historical approaches to the study of magic, this volume convincingly shows how certain fourteenth-century texts eschewed the predominant trends and developed a new theory of the marvelous. Williams's engaging, erudite study will be of special interest to scholars of the occult, the medieval and early modern eras, and literature
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Midwest
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1975-
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Williams, Tara
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821/.109
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no index present
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non fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Romances, English
  • Magic in literature
  • Marvelous, The, in literature
  • Literature and morals
  • Electronic books
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adult
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Middle English marvels : magic, spectacle, and morality in the fourteenth century, Tara Williams, (ebook)
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
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Digital content provided by hoopla
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9780271081762
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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MWT12088505
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remote
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12088505
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MWT12088505
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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Middle English marvels : magic, spectacle, and morality in the fourteenth century, Tara Williams, (ebook)
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780271081762
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Publisher number
MWT12088505
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
12088505
System control number
MWT12088505
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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