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Fictions of History

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/9780198112938.003.0004
Fictions of History

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This chapter discusses the concept of ‘fictions of history’, which is shown in the last part of Piers Plowman. The action shown loosely follows the order of history, i.e. the history of salvation. Although it may appear that Langland is abandoning fiction for history, it is shown that the rendering of biblical and postbiblical scenes here never approach the plain literal manner of such biblical-paraphrase poems.

Keywords: concept; history fictions; Piers Plowman; salvation; Langland; biblical-paraphrase poems

Chapter.  12312 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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