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Spearing, A. C.

Overview
Works: 72 works in 456 publications in 2 languages and 11,470 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Juvenile works  Tragicomedies  History  Comedy plays  Tragedies (Drama)  Manuscripts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Performer, Author of introduction, Honoree, Other, Translator
Classifications: PR2833.A2, 821.1
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Most widely held works by A. C Spearing
Criticism and medieval poetry by A. C Spearing( Book )

36 editions published between 1964 and 2012 in English and held by 1,513 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to Chaucer by Maurice Hussey( Book )

41 editions published between 1965 and 1986 in English and held by 1,217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Gawain-poet; a critical study by A. C Spearing( Book )

17 editions published between 1970 and 1976 in English and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medieval dream-poetry by A. C Spearing( Book )

17 editions published between 1976 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 843 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 )

12 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 832 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 809 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer( Book )

29 editions published between 1966 and 2016 in English and English, Middle and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chaucer's work begins at the Tabard Inn in Southwark, England, where a group of pilgrims have assembled on their way to Canterbury. Harry Bailly, the innkeeper, suggests a contest: whoever tells the best tale will win a supper when they reach Canterbury
The pardoner's prologue & tale, from the Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer( Book )

40 editions published between 1965 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction: The former editions of the Pardoner's prologue and tale. The present edition. The place of the Pardoner's tale in the frame of the Canterbury tales. The sources of the Pardoner's tale. The Pardoner. The manuscripts of the Pardoner's tale and their genealogy.--The Doctor-Pardoner link, the Pardoner's prologue and tale.--Notes.--Additions.--Index
The medieval poet as voyeur : looking and listening in medieval love-narratives by A. C Spearing( Book )

17 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

18 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 407 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
Revelations of divine love (short text and long text) by Julian( Book )

8 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 386 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 )

12 editions published between 1976 and 1989 in English and held by 283 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 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medieval autographies : the "I" of the text by A. C Spearing( Book )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 242 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."--Project Muse
The reeve's prologue & tale with the cook's prologue and the fragment of his tale from the Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer( Book )

9 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( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

7 editions published between 1971 and 1992 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the original text of Shakespeare's play, explanatory notes, introduction to Shakespeare's language, an annotated reading list, and information about Shakespeare's life
Readings in medieval textuality by Cristina Maria Cervone( Book )

6 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on a variety of topics in late medieval literature, linked by an engagement with form
The miller's prologue and tale by Geoffrey Chaucer( Recording )

7 editions published between 1976 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The Gawain-poet; a critical study
Alternative Names
Spearing, A. C.

Spearing, A. C. 1936-

Spearing, Anthony Colin

Spearing, Anthony Colin 1936-

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Medieval dream-poetryReadings in medieval poetryMedieval to Renaissance in English poetryThe franklin's prologue and tale, from the Canterbury talesThe Canterbury talesThe pardoner's prologue & tale, from the Canterbury talesThe medieval poet as voyeur : looking and listening in medieval love-narrativesTextual subjectivity : the encoding of subjectivity in medieval narratives and lyrics