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Public Piers Plowman: Modern Scholarship and Late Medieval English CultureFifteenth-Century English Dream Visions: An Anthology

Public Piers Plowman: Modern Scholarship and Late Medieval English CultureFifteenth-Century... 68 E nglish L an g u a g e N otes B O O K REVIEWS Public Piers P low m an: Modern Scholarship and Late Medieval English Culture. By C. David B enson. University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003. Pp. xix + 283. he. $45.00. Fifleenth-Century English Dream Visions: A n Anthology. J u lia Boffey, ed. O xford: O x fo rd University Press, 2003. Pp. X + 284. he. $70.00. 0-199-26397-3. pb. $24.95. 0-199-26398-1. By happy chance I was sent these books in o n e package for review. T he vision p o em was a com m on vehicle in the Middle Ages for U topian political a n d religious com mentary, scientific speculation, am orous passion, a n d personal revenge, e ith er alle­ gorical or literal, m ost notably by Dante. T he classical predeces­ sors were widely known an d im itated, e ith er directly by those acquainted with the texts o r by those who knew th e m th ro u g h the writings o f others. C haucer knew the tradition a n d form well, and wrote poem s co http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png English Language Notes Duke University Press

Public Piers Plowman: Modern Scholarship and Late Medieval English CultureFifteenth-Century English Dream Visions: An Anthology

English Language Notes , Volume 42 (3) – Mar 1, 2005

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0013-8282
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10.1215/00138282-42.3.68
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68 E nglish L an g u a g e N otes B O O K REVIEWS Public Piers P low m an: Modern Scholarship and Late Medieval English Culture. By C. David B enson. University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003. Pp. xix + 283. he. $45.00. Fifleenth-Century English Dream Visions: A n Anthology. J u lia Boffey, ed. O xford: O x fo rd University Press, 2003. Pp. X + 284. he. $70.00. 0-199-26397-3. pb. $24.95. 0-199-26398-1. By happy chance I was sent these books in o n e package for review. T he vision p o em was a com m on vehicle in the Middle Ages for U topian political a n d religious com mentary, scientific speculation, am orous passion, a n d personal revenge, e ith er alle­ gorical or literal, m ost notably by Dante. T he classical predeces­ sors were widely known an d im itated, e ith er directly by those acquainted with the texts o r by those who knew th e m th ro u g h the writings o f others. C haucer knew the tradition a n d form well, and wrote poem s co

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