in Conscience and the Composition of Piers Plowman

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199653768
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741678 | DOI:

Series: Oxford English Monographs


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The Conclusion turns from the internal ‘history’ of the poem's process of composition to its external history. The multiple discourses upon which Langland draws in his presentation of Conscience constitute, as earlier chapters have shown, a series of stages in the compositional and argumentative process of the poem. But the composition of the poem from this particular selection of contemporary discourses also involves an attempt to render the poem legible within a specific social and historical context. The composition of Conscience from multiple contemporary discourses also points to the composition of the public towards which Langland directed his poem. The Conclusion therefore offers some speculations about the kind of audience implied by Langland's choice of modes.

Keywords: audience; early readers; administration; clerks; parliament; law courts; London; practical knowledge

Chapter.  2852 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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