Chapter

Fictions of the Divided Mind

J. A. Burrow

in Langland's Fictions

Published in print April 1993 | ISBN: 9780198112938
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670879 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112938.003.0003
Fictions of the Divided Mind

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This chapter discusses Langland's sensitivity to conflicting considerations and apparently irreconcilable truths. The poem is able to create an imaginary space within which the irreconcilables can coexist in some kind of precariously just equilibrium. It is found that many passages in the poem Piers Plowman display a divided mind about the importance of learned and intellectual activities to the Christian life.

Keywords: Langland; sensitivity; considerations; irreconcilable truths; imaginary space; poem; Piers Plowman; Christian life

Chapter.  10357 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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