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Poetic tradition in The Parliament of Fowls and the Mutabilitie Cantos
Craig Berry

: Thow hast the so wel born In lokynge of myn olde bok totorn, Of which Macrobye roughte nat a lyte, That sumdel of thy labour wolde I quyte. 1 Scipio Africanus has apparently kept an eye on his reputation in the centuries following his death, for what we have here is an ancient Roman authority telling a late medieval English poet that Macrobius, the late antique commentator, thought his book was something special. Africanus overreaches a bit to claim the

in Rereading Chaucer and Spenser
Jennifer L. Sisk

6 Chaucer and hagiographic authority Jennifer L. Sisk While much has been written about Chaucer’s debt to French, Italian and Classical literature,1 comparatively little attention has been devoted to Chaucer’s engagement with hagiography, even though writing about the saints was the most popular and widespread medieval narrative tradition.2 Chaucer’s own legend of St Cecilia is generally regarded as the first (or most) literary example of vernacular hagiography produced in late medieval England, but his engagement with the tradition goes far beyond the

in Sanctity as literature in late medieval Britain
Susan Watkins

machine, justify colonial expansion and establish authority, all under the control of a special elite class of technocrats’. 21 The narrator, Ambien, recounts (initially without any sense of discomfort) the continuous intervention of the Sirian empire in other cultures and less technically advanced native populations. The experiments of the title are often barbaric: one example that is particularly so is Ambien’s account of the Lombi experiment. The Sirian empire cannot seem to work out why it is that the mere appearance of Sirian colonisers on a planet leads

in Doris Lessing
Elisabeth Bronfen and Beate Neumeier

this period too. But these ghosts were largely used ironically, to lampoon or subvert authority. The consequence of the English revolution was, in the view of some conservative commentators, to produce a dangerous scepticism – not merely about spectres but also about religious faith and political sovereignty. Like the excesses of the Gothic, the ghosts of seventeenth

in Gothic Renaissance
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Johanna Kramer

(‘What was to be seen of our Redeemer has passed over into the Sacraments. In order that faith might be more perfect and more firm, teaching has taken the place of sight, and to this authority the hearts of believers, illumined by heavenly rays, have conformed’). 73 Leo elegantly justifies the physical disappearance of Christ by arguing that the sacraments, and thus faith, have replaced the once visible Christ. Furthermore, he strengthens the authority of the preacher and establishes a continuum between the Ascension and the celebration of the Mass that gives the

in Between earth and heaven
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Andrew Smith

By exploring how laughter is represented in Kipling‘s ghost stories this article attempts a re-evaluation of how colonial and postcolonial identities can be theorised within the Gothic. Laughter, and the disorientation that it provokes, is accorded a Gothic function that destabilises images of colonial authority.

Gothic Studies
Bram Stoker‘s The Jewel of Seven Stars
Andrew Smith

Smith explores how Stoker‘s novel raises some complex questions about love through its use of a male love-struck narrator, who appears to be caught in a Female Gothic plot which casts him as its hero. In the novel ‘love’ becomes increasingly sinister as it turns into a destabilising and dangerously irrational emotion that ultimately aligns love with feelings of justified horror. Jewel (1903, revised 1912) thus develops a male reading of a Female Gothic plot in which the idea of female empowerment becomes defined as horrific. However, this idea of a pathologised love, Smith argues, is not unique to Stoker and can be linked to Freud‘s account of love, which reveals how issues relating to male authority appear within psychoanalytical debates about emotion at the time.

Gothic Studies