Essays on Thomas Hoccleve
C. Batt (ed.)
X+130 p., 140 x 220 mm, 1996
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This publication offers selected essays in recognition of Thomas Hoccleve's historical and literary significance, and deals with a range of critical approaches addressing questions how he and his work can be located in the context of fifteenth-century culture, politics, and attitudes to writing.
These essays developed from, or grew out of interest in, a day conference on 'Hoccleve and Fifteenth-Century Writings' held at the Centre for English Studies, University of London, in March 1994. The original conference was organized in recognition of Thomas Hoccleve's historical and literary significance, which has only recently begun to attract scholarly attention, and engaged with a range of critical approaches to address questions of precisely how we locate him and his work in the context of what we can recover of fifteenth-century culture, politics, and attitudes to writing. The essays here cover a range of concerns, from the problems of editing Hoccleve's texts, and the match between the 'historical' Hoccleve and the personae of the poetry, to the relationships between Hoccleve's literary productions and the contemporary culture, and together they argue for an appreciation of the complexity and subtelty both of Hoccleve's works and the cultural milieux in which they evolved. The book will be of interest to all Hoccleve scholars, and to those concerned in general with issues relating to the conditions of literary production, engagement, and response. Contents: Charles Blyth, 'Editing The Regiment of Princes' (pp. 11-28); Roger Ellis, 'Chaucer, Christine de Pizan, and The Letter of Cupid' (pp. 29-54); Catherine Batt, 'Hoccleve and … Feminism? Negotiating Meaning in The Regiment of Princes' (pp. 55-84); David Mills, 'The Voices of Thomas Hoccleve' (pp. 85-107).
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