Community, gender, and individual identity : English writing, 1360-1430 / David Aers.

By: Aers, DavidMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1988Description: viii, 215 p. ; 22 cmISBN: 041501378X; 9780415013789; 0415013798 (pbk.); 9780415013796 (pbk.)Subject(s): English literature -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- History and criticism | English literature -- Psychological aspects | Civilization, Medieval, in literature | Identity (Psychology) in literature | Individualism in literature | Communities in literature | Sex role in literature | Poetry in English, 1066-1558 - Critical studiesDDC classification: 820/.9/001 LOC classification: PR275.I34 | A35 1988Other classification: HH 4030 | HH 4033
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Bibliography: p. 179-211.

Includes index.

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Aers is undeniably a scholar, but for several reasons his book is vexingly tedious. It has all the trappings of a thesis, including 430 notes in 178 pages, many being unnecessary references to his own work. And it is full of passionate intensity stemming from political and sociological obsessions unmitigated by enthusiasm or any discernible love for his subject. This is an angry book with little humanity in it. Trendy criticism, specious psychology, leftist ideology, and anti-American resentment crop up in lucubrations that make a potential rapist of Troilus, a pre-captialist nightmare of Piers Plowman, a feminist paragon of Margery Kempe, and a laughing stock of American critics. More than ever, the magisterial thought and writing of an earlier generation of scholar-critics (such as Kittredge) holds up well, and, among contemporaries, L. Benson, D.S. Brewer, J.A. Burrow, D. Fox, D.R. Howard, D. Pearsall, and A.C. Spearing are more readable and sensible than Aers. The general reader should give him a wide berth. Nonetheless, this controversial book is recommended for consideration by graduate students and faculty. N. B. Atwater Southeastern Massachusetts University

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