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Spearing, A. C.

Overview
Works: 70 works in 430 publications in 2 languages and 10,728 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Juvenile works  Manuscripts  Narrative poetry  Frame stories  History  Drama  Devotional literature 
Roles: Author, Editor, Performer, Author of introduction, Honoree, Translator, Other
Classifications: PR1870.A1, 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 1,530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to Chaucer by Maurice Hussey( Book )

40 editions published between 1965 and 1986 in English and held by 1,237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

19 editions published between 1970 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 982 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

16 editions published between 1976 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 849 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 835 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 818 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The franklin's prologue and tale, from the Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer( Book )

38 editions published between 1966 and 2007 in English and English, Middle and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The pardoner's prologue & tale, from the Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer( Book )

38 editions published between 1965 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 490 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 Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer( Book )

28 editions published between 1966 and 2016 in English and English, Middle and held by 488 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 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 468 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 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Julian of Norwich is one of the most celebrated figures of the English Middle Ages. She is esteemed as one of the subtlest writers and profoundest thinkers of the period for her account of the revelations that she experienced in 1373. Julian lived as an anchoress in Norwich, and after recovering from a serious illness she described the visions that had come to her during her suffering. She conceived of a loving and compassionate God, merciful and forgiving, and believed in our ability to reach self-knowledge through sin. She wrote of God as our mother, and embraced strikingly independent theological opinions. This new translation conveys the poise and serenity of Julian's prose style to the modern reader. It includes both the short and long texts, written twenty years apart, through which Julian developed her ideas. In his introduction Barry Windeatt considers Julian's astonishingly positive vision of humanity and its potential for spiritual transformation. - Amazon
Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde by A. C Spearing( Book )

12 editions published between 1976 and 1989 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

16 editions published between 1974 and 1976 in English and held by 272 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 231 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 reeve's prologue & tale with the cook's prologue and the fragment of his tale from the Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer( Book )

11 editions published between 1979 and 2016 in English and English, Middle and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cloud of unknowing and other works( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of religious writings by various fourteenth-century English authors
The franklin's tale by Geoffrey Chaucer( Recording )

2 editions published between 1990 and 2003 in English, Middle and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tempest by William Shakespeare( Book )

4 editions published between 1971 and 1975 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The miller's prologue and tale by Geoffrey Chaucer( Recording )

7 editions published between 1976 and 1998 in 3 languages and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readings in medieval textuality by Cristina Maria Cervone( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on a variety of topics in late medieval literature, linked by an engagement with form
 
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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 pardoner's prologue & tale, from the Canterbury talesThe Canterbury talesThe medieval poet as voyeur : looking and listening in medieval love-narrativesRevelations of divine love (short text and long text)