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The tempter's voice : language and the fall in medieval literature, Eric Jager

Label
The tempter's voice : language and the fall in medieval literature
Title
The tempter's voice
Title remainder
language and the fall in medieval literature
Statement of responsibility
Eric Jager
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Why was the story of Adam, Eve, and the Serpent so important to medieval literary culture? Eric Jager argues that during the Middle Ages the story of the Fall was incorporated into a comprehensive myth about language. Drawing on a wide range of texts, Jager shows how patristic and medieval authors used the Fall to confront practical and theoretical problems in many areas of life and thought - including education, hermeneutics, rhetoric, feudal politics, and gender relations. Jager explores the Fall's meaning for clergy and laity, nobles and commoners, men and women
  • Among the works Jager discusses are texts by Ambrose, Augustine, the early Christian poet Avitus, and scholastic authors; Old English biblical epics; Middle English spiritual writings; French courtesy books; and the poetry of Dante and Chaucer. Examples from the visual arts are included as well. Jager links medieval interpretations of the Fall to underlying cultural anxieties about the ambiguity of the sign, the instability of oral tradition, the pleasure of the text, and the many rhetorical guises of the tempter's voice. He also assesses the modern and postmodern legacy of the Fall, showing how this myth continues to embody central ideas concerning language. The Tempter's Voice will be essential reading for scholars and students in such fields as medieval studies, literary theory, gender theory, comparative literature, cultural history, and the history of religion
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jager, Eric
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN56.F29
LC item number
J34 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fall of man in literature
  • Literature, Medieval
  • Letterkunde
  • Zondeval
  • Chute de l'homme dans la littérature
  • Littérature médiévale
  • Letterkunde
  • Zondeval
  • Sündenfall
  • Literatur
  • Erbsünde
Label
The tempter's voice : language and the fall in medieval literature, Eric Jager
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-323) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The school of Paradise -- The genesis of hermeneutics -- The Garden of eloquence -- The Old English epic of the Fall -- The seducer and the daughter of Eve -- The carnal letter in Chaucer's earthly paradise -- Signs of the Fall: from the Middle Ages to Postmodernism
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 336 pages
Isbn
9780801480362
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
93011811
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28633528
  • (OCoLC)ocm28633528
Label
The tempter's voice : language and the fall in medieval literature, Eric Jager
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 307-323) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The school of Paradise -- The genesis of hermeneutics -- The Garden of eloquence -- The Old English epic of the Fall -- The seducer and the daughter of Eve -- The carnal letter in Chaucer's earthly paradise -- Signs of the Fall: from the Middle Ages to Postmodernism
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvii, 336 pages
Isbn
9780801480362
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
93011811
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28633528
  • (OCoLC)ocm28633528

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