Emily Steiner describes the rich intersections between legal documents and English literature in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. She argues that documentary culture (including charters, testaments, patents and seals) enabled writers to think in new ways about the conditions of textual production in late medieval England.She loftily challenges the churl with a series of questions: whom does he serve, what does he do for a living, and what is his name? (aquot;Cherl, sey me, now God keepe bee, wherof bow seruest and whi bou seemest so diuers? Art bou a repere or a ... promptly reaches into a pocket or small sack (aquot;speyeraquot;) in her bosom and produces a box from which she draws forth her commission (Figures 2 and 3). ... 32 The French original supplies a more detailed account of 36 Documentary poetics.
|Title||:||Documentary Culture and the Making of Medieval English Literature|
|Publisher||:||Cambridge University Press - 2003-05-29|