Scanlon, Larry.

Narrative, authority, and power : the medieval exemplum and the Chaucerian tradition / Larry Scanlon. - Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1994. - xii, 378 p. ; 24 cm. - Cambridge studies in medieval literature ; 20 . - Cambridge studies in medieval literature ; 20. .

Includes bibliographical references (p. 351-366) and index.

"Until now, little attention has been paid to the political and ideological significance of the medieval exemplum, a brief narrative form used to illustrate a moral. Through a study of four major works in the Chaucerian tradition (the Canterbury Tales, John Gower's Confessio Amantis, Thomas Hoccleve's Regement of Princes, and Lydgate's Fall of Princes), Professor Scanlon redefines the exemplum as "a narrative enactment of cultural authority." He traces its development through the two strands of the medieval Latin tradition which the Chaucerians appropriate: the sermon exemplum, and the public exemplum of the Mirrors of Princes. In doing so, he reveals how Chaucer and his successors used these two forms of the exemplum to explore the differences between clerical authority and lay power, and to establish the moral and cultural authority of their emergent vernacular tradition."--Jacket.

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Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400 --Knowledge--Literature.

English poetry--History and criticism.--Middle English, 1100-1500
Didactic literature, Latin (Medieval and modern)--History and criticism.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)--History--To 1500.
Narration (Rhetoric)--History--To 1500.
Power (Social sciences) in literature.
Authority in literature.
Exempla in literature.
Rhetoric, Medieval.

English poetry

PR311 / .S33 1994