Bakhtin and Medieval Voices

Edited byThomas J. Farrell

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"The first of its kind for medieval studies. . . . I cannot imagine that a collection of this caliber would not be consulted regularly by those of us who struggle with questions of interpreting and teaching the literature of the Middle Ages."--R. A. Shoaf, University of Florida

This is the first wide-ranging exploration of the theories of the 20th-century Russian critic Mikhail Bakhtin, as they apply to medieval literature. It challenges established ways of reading medieval texts and constructs a cross-interrogation between medieval data and Bakhtinian theories.

Part One: Carnival Voices in Medieval Texts
Playing on the Margins: Bakhtin and the Smithfield Decretals, by Andrew Taylor
Taking Laughter Seriously: The Comic and Didactic Functions of Helmbrecht, by Lisa R. Perfetti
Dangerous Dialogues: The Sottie as a Threat to Authority, by Jody L. H. McQuillan
Part Two: Multiple Voices in Medieval Texts
Heteroglossia and Chaucer's Man of Law's Tale, by Robert M. Jordan
Dialogics and Prosody in Chaucer, by Steve Guthrie
Dialogism, Heteroglossia, and Late Medieval Translation, by Daniel J. Pinti
Medieval Authorship and the Polyphonic Text: From Manuscript Commentary to the Modern Novel, by Robert S. Sturges
Part Three: Dissenting Voices in Dialogue with Bakhtin
The Chronotopes of Monology in Chaucer's Clerk's Tale, by Thomas J. Farrell
Popular-Festive Forms and Beliefs in Robert Mannyng's Handlyng Synne, by Nancy Mason Bradbury
Problems of Bakhtin's Epic: Capitalism and the Image of History, by Mark A. Sherman

Thomas J. Farrell is associate professor and chair of the English Department at Stetson University, DeLand, Florida, where he holds the Kenneth P. Kirchman Chair in the Humanities. He has published articles in ELH, Studies in Philology, Chaucer Review, and other collections and journals.

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"at its best, Bakhtin and Medieval Voices provides plenty of evidence that Bakhtin's writing can insightfully elucidate medieval texts." South Atlantic Review

"An outstanding volume. . . represents a very rich and powerful combination of theory and credentialed medieval scholarship in an age when both medieval studies and theory are under attack. . . . Anybody interested in Bakhtin, theory, the literature of the later Middle Ages, and medieval documentary materials should likewise value this volume." -- Studies in the Age of Chaucer Studies in the Age of Chaucer

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