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Alliterative Revival: Retrospect and Prospect

An excerpt from my review essay, “Alliterative Revival: Retrospect and Prospect.” In this review of Randy Schiff’s Revivalist Fantasy: Alliterative Verse and Nationalist Literary History (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2011), I attempted to sketch out the main lines of … Continue reading

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alliterative verse: an approach to teaching meter

This brief essay sets out a plan for teaching the form of Middle English alliterative poetry in an advanced undergraduate seminar. The lesson is grounded in the opening lines of the B Version Prologue of William Langland’s Piers Plowman and … Continue reading

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scribal habitus and usus scribendi

Here I post the opening frame for a paper I read at the Fifth International Conference on Piers Plowman, held in Oxford, in May 2011. The paper was titled, “Scribal habitus and usus scribendi: or, observations on an alliterative formula.” … Continue reading

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Walter Ong, Rhetoric, and Alliterative Verse

The opening frame for a paper I presented in the session “Technologies of Writing: After Ong”, at the 2012 meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, held at St. Louis University. The paper was an exposition of the Latin grammatical and … Continue reading

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Piers Plowman: ENGL 534 F12

course description: A study of Piers Plowman, the brilliant and expansive poem probably authored by William Langland in three versions between the 1360s and about 1390. We make a sequential reading of what is called the “C version.” Simultaneously, we … Continue reading

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Alliterative Poetry’s Latin Learning

[My proposal for this 2007 session] The topic of this panel is suggested by David Lawton’s 1982 edited volume Middle English alliterative poetry and its literary background. In his introduction to this collection, Lawton called for a comprehensive study of … Continue reading

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