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But men seyn, “What may ever laste?” Chaucer’s House of Fame as a medieval museum

Hines, John ORCID: 2021. But men seyn, “What may ever laste?” Chaucer’s House of Fame as a medieval museum. Hartmann, Jan-Peer and Johnston, Andrew, eds. Material remains: Reading the past through archaeological objects in Medieval and early modern British literature, Interventions: New Studies Medieval Cult, Columbus, Ohio: University of Ohio Press, pp. 240-258.

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A welcome development in literary studies of the last decade or so has been the emergence of a serious and extensive engagement not only with the history but also with the archaeological materiality of the past in relation to literature; the ‘past’ comprising not only the context from which works of literature originally derived but also the multitudinous pasts through which they have been transmitted. There is, however, still a great deal to be explored and discussed in terms both of what we can and what we should try to do under the aegis of ‘Literature and Archaeology’, and, consequently, how we may go about that. It is precisely in that light that I offer a contribution to this volume which involves questioning and maybe problematizing some of the key ideas implicit in its theme, yet still in connexion with a constructive reading of one of the most enigmatic poems of the master of Middle English writing, Geoffrey Chaucer.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Publisher: University of Ohio Press
ISBN: 9780814214749
Last Modified: 14 May 2024 15:30

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