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Spearing, A. C.

Overview
Works: 76 works in 477 publications in 2 languages and 11,460 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Tragicomedies  Poetry  Comedy plays  Tragedies (Drama)  Outlines and syllabi  Fiction  History  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Performer, Honoree, Author of introduction, Dedicatee, Translator, Other
Classifications: PR2833.A2, 822.33
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Most widely held works by A. C Spearing
Criticism and medieval poetry by A. C Spearing( Book )

37 editions published between 1964 and 2012 in English and held by 1,518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to Chaucer by Maurice Hussey( Book )

43 editions published between 1965 and 1986 in English and held by 1,219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a general introduction, serviceable, readable and handy, to the reading of Chaucer, for study or enjoyment. It is a 'first book', meant to establish general outlines and to set the student off towards more specialist works
The Gawain-poet; a critical study by A. C Spearing( Book )

18 editions published between 1970 and 1976 in English and held by 978 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of the four great Middle English poems, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Patience and Purity, which are in the same manuscript and are usually attributed to the same anonymous poet. After a general chapter devoted to the poet and his background, Mr Spearing turns to the poems, analysing each closely, paying particular attention to details of style, tone and approach, and commenting on what they have in common and the ways in which they diverge
Medieval dream-poetry by A. C Spearing( Book )

17 editions published between 1976 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A 1976 study of the medieval English dream-poem, set against the background of classical and medieval visionary and religious writings and the theory of dreams from classical times down to Freud and Jung. In this first general treatment of one of the most popular kinds of literature in the Middle Ages, Mr Spearing examines many specific poems in some detail and explores the nature of the visionary tradition in which medieval dream-poets felt themselves to be writing: he develops a theory of the dream-poem as a type of work in which medieval poets focused their own consciousness of the activity of creating imaginative fictions, variously and often ambiguously balanced between vision and fantasy. The book begins with the early tradition of dream poetry in Latin writers such as Boethius, moving on to consider Chaucer, alliterative dream-poems, especially Pearl and Piers Plowman, and finally turning to late medieval dream-poetry. -- Publisher's description
Readings in medieval poetry by A. C Spearing( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medieval to Renaissance in English poetry by A. C Spearing( Book )

2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Textual subjectivity : the encoding of subjectivity in medieval narratives and lyrics by A. C Spearing( Book )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book investigates how subjectivity is encoded in the texts of a wide variety of medieval narratives and lyrics - not how they express the subjectivity of individuals, but how subjectivity, escaping the bounds of individuality, is incorporated in the linguistic fabric of their texts. Most of the poems discussed are in English, and the book includes analyses of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, Man of Law's tale, and Complaint Unto Pity, the works of the Pearl poet, Havelok the Dane, the lyric sequence attributed to Charles of Orleans (the earliest such sequence in English), and many anonymous poems by the troubadour Bernart de Ventadorn. For the first time, it brings to bear on medieval narratives and lyrics a body of theory which denies the supposed necessity for literary texts to have narrators or 'speakers', and in doing so reveals the implausibilities into which a dogmatic assumption of this necessity has led much of the last century's criticism."--Jacket
Medieval autographies : the "I" of the text by A. C Spearing( )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Medieval Autographies, A.C. Spearing develops a new engagement of narrative theory with medieval English first-person writing, focusing on the roles and functions of the "I" as a shifting textual phenomenon, not to be defined either as autobiographical or as the label of a fictional speaker or narrator. Spearing identifies and explores a previously unrecognized category of medieval English poetry, calling it "autography." He describes this form as emerging in the mid-fourteenth century and consisting of extended nonlyrical writings in the first person, embracing prologues, authorial interventions in and commentaries on third-person narratives, and descendants of the dit, a genre of French medieval poetry. He argues that autography arose as a means of liberation from the requirement to tell stories with preordained conclusions and as a way of achieving a closer relation to lived experience, with all its unpredictability and inconsistencies. Autographies, he claims, are marked by a cluster of characteristics including a correspondence to the texture of life as it is experienced, a montage-like unpredictability of structure, and a concern with writing and textuality. Beginning with what may be the earliest extended first-person narrative in Middle English, Winner and Waster, the book examines instances of the dit as discussed by French scholars, analyzes Chaucer's Wife of Bath's Prologue as a textual performance, and devotes separate chapters to detailed readings of Hoccleve's Regement of Princes prologue, his Complaint and Dialogue, and the witty first-person elements in Osbern Bokenham's legends of saints. An afterword suggests possible further applications of the concept of autography, including discussion of the intermittent autographic commentaries on the narrative in Troilus and Criseyde and Capgrave's Life of Saint Katherine."--Publisher's description
The franklin's prologue and tale, from the Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer( Book )

39 editions published between 1966 and 2007 in English and English, Middle and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Knight's tale, from the Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer( Book )

32 editions published between 1966 and 2016 in English and English, Middle and held by 492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hervertelling in modern proza van de 14e eeuwse raamvertelling in poëzie over dertig pelgrims die elkaar op weg van Londen naar Canterbury verhalen vertellen
The medieval poet as voyeur : looking and listening in medieval love-narratives by A. C Spearing( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in English and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While love is private, and in medieval literature especially is seen as demanding secrecy, to tell stories about it is to make it public. Looking, often accompanied by listening, is the means by which love is brought into the public realm and by which legal evidence of adulterous love can be obtained. Medieval romances contain many scenes in which secret watchers and listeners play leading roles, and in which the problematic relation of sight to truth is a central theme. The effect of such scenes is to place the poem's audience as secret watchers and listeners; and in later medieval narratives, as the role of the storyteller comes to be realized, the poet too sees himself in the undignified role of a voyeur. A. C. Spearing's book explores these and related themes, first in relation to medieval and modern theories and instances of looking, and then through a series of readings of romances and first-person narratives, including works by Beroul, Gottfried von Strassburg, Chrétien de Troyes, Marie de France, Chaucer, Lydgate, Douglas, Dunbar, and Skelton. Its focus on looking also leads to the recovery of some less well-known works such as Partonope of Blois and The Squire of Low Degree. The general approach is psychoanalytic, but the reading of specific medieval texts always has primacy, and this in turn makes possible a running critique of current conceptions of the gaze in relation to power and gender
The pardoner's prologue & tale, from the Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer( Book )

35 editions published between 1965 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revelations of divine love (short text and long text) by Julian( Book )

8 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains both the short text, which is mainly an account of the 'showings' themselves and Julian's initial interpretation of their meaning, and the long text, completed some twenty years later, which moves from vision to a daringly speculative theology
Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde by A. C Spearing( Book )

11 editions published between 1976 and 1989 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poetry of the age of Chaucer by A. C Spearing( Book )

17 editions published between 1970 and 1976 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readings in medieval textuality : essays in honour of A.C. Spearing by Cristina Maria Cervone( )

8 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The insight that "the implications of textuality as such" can and must underlie our interpretations of literary works remains one of A.C. Spearing's greatest contributions to medieval studies. It is a tribute to the breadth and significance of his scholarship that the twelve essays gathered in his honour move beyond his own methods and interests to engage variously with "textuality as such," presenting a substantial and expansive view of current thinking on form in late medieval literary studies. Covering a range of topics, including the meaning of words, "experientiality", poetic form and its cultural contexts, revisions, rereadings, subjectivity, formalism and historicism, failures of form, the <I>dit</I>, problems of editing lyrics, and collective subjectivity in lyric, they offer a spectrum of the best sort of work blossoming forth from close reading of the kind Spearing was such an early advocate for, continues to press, and which is now so central to medieval studies. Authors and works addressed include Chaucer (<I>The Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde, The Legend of Good Women</I>, "Adam Scriveyn", "To Rosemounde", "The Complaint Unto Pity"), Langland (<I>Piers Plowman</I>), the <I>Gawain</I>-poet (<I>Cleanness</I>), Charles d'Orléans, Gower (<I>Confessio Amantis</I>), and anonymous lyrics.<BR><BR> Cristina Maria Cervone teaches English literature and medieval studies at the University of Memphis; D. Vance Smith is Professor of English at Princeton University.<BR><BR> Contributors: Derek Pearsall, Elizabeth Fowler, Claire M. Waters, Kevin Gustafson, Michael Calabrese, David Aers, Nicolette Zeeman, Jill Mann, D. Vance Smith, J.A. Burrow, Ardis Butterfield, Cristina Maria Cervone, Peter Baker
The reeve's prologue & tale with the cook's prologue and the fragment of his tale from the Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer( Book )

10 editions published between 1979 and 1998 in English and English, Middle and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cloud of unknowing and other works by Penguin Group (uk)( Book )

7 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of religious writings by various fourteenth-century English authors
The tempest by William Shakespeare( Book )

6 editions published between 1971 and 1992 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the original text of Shakespeare's play about Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan, who is exiled on a remote island with his daughter, Miranda; and includes an essay on performance, modern spelling and punctuation, and an annotated bibliography
The miller's prologue and tale by Geoffrey Chaucer( Recording )

7 editions published between 1976 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The Gawain-poet; a critical study
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Medieval dream-poetryReadings in medieval poetryMedieval to Renaissance in English poetryTextual subjectivity : the encoding of subjectivity in medieval narratives and lyricsThe franklin's prologue and tale, from the Canterbury talesThe Knight's tale, from the Canterbury talesThe medieval poet as voyeur : looking and listening in medieval love-narrativesThe pardoner's prologue & tale, from the Canterbury tales
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Spearing, A. C.

Spearing, Anthony C. 1936-

Spearing, Anthony Colin

Spearing, Anthony Colin 1936-

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