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Minnis, A. J. (Alastair J.)

Works: 89 works in 497 publications in 4 languages and 10,998 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Sources  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Collector, Opponent
Classifications: PN88, 821.1
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Most widely held works by A. J Minnis
Medieval theory of authorship : scholastic literary attitudes in the later Middle Ages by A. J Minnis( )

58 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Available again with a new preface, this classic work of medieval literary scholarship argues that discussion of late-medieval literary works has tended to derive its critical vocabulary from modern, not medieval, theory, and offers instead a conceptual equipment which is at once historically valid and theoretically illuminating
Fallible authors : Chaucer's Pardoner and Wife of Bath by A. J Minnis( )

14 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 1,009 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Can an outrageously immoral man or a scandalous woman teach morality or lead people to virtue? Does personal fallibility devalue one's words and deeds? Is it possible to separate the private from the public, to segregate individual failing from official function? Chaucer addressed these perennial issues through two problematic authority figures, the Pardoner and the Wife of Bath. The Pardoner dares to assume official roles to which he has no legal claim and for which he is quite unsuited. We are faced with the shocking consequences of the belief, standard for the time, that immorality is not necessarily a bar to effective ministry. Even more subversively, the Wife of Bath, who represents one of the most despised stereotypes in medieval literature, the sexually rapacious widow, dispenses wisdom of the highest order." "This innovative book places these "fallible authors" within the full intellectual context that gave them meaning. Alastair Minnis magisterially examines the impact of Aristotelian thought on preaching theory, the controversial practice of granting indulgences, religious and medical categorizations of deviant bodies, theological attempts to rationalize sex within marriage, Wycliffite doctrine that made authority dependent on individual grace and raised the specter of Donatism, and heretical speculation concerning the possibility of female teachers. Chaucer's Pardoner and Wife of Bath are revealed as interconnected aspects of a single radical experiment wherein the relationship between objective authority and subjective fallibility is confronted as never before."--Jacket
Medieval literary theory and criticism, c. 1100-c. 1375 : the commentary-tradition( Book )

44 editions published between 1988 and 2010 in English and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This anthology of newly-translated texts covers the single most important branch of medieval literary theory and criticism--the commentary tradition--in one of the most significant periods of its development. Fully annotated with notes and introductions, the selections encompass a wide range of topics--including authorship, ethics, symbolism, biography, poetics, allegory, and semiotics--and represent many important writers--including Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Grosseteste, Abelard, and Peter Lombard
Medieval theology and the natural body by Peter Biller( )

16 editions published in 1997 in English and Italian and held by 635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One prominent figure in later medieval female spirituality, Margery Kempe, stars in the following paper, Rosalynn Voaden's study of the way The Book of Margery Kempe constructed Margery's very sexual awareness of both female and male bodies. The volume concludes with the first of the Annual Quodlibet Lectures in medieval theology, which was delivered in York by Eamon Duffy on 30 November 1995, on the early iconography and vitae of St Francis of Assisi
The shorter poems by A. J Minnis( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This third volume in the highly successful Oxford Guides to Chaucer series offers a much-needed introduction to Chaucer's Shorter Poems." "A general chapter on the social and cultural contexts of the Shorter Poems is followed by a guide to the main genre which they exemplify - the love-vision form. The volume then provides individual chapters on the Book of the Duchess, the House of Fame, the Parliament of Fowls, the Legend of Good Women, and the short poems; there is also an extensive appendix on Chaucer's language. The views of critics who wrote over fifty years ago are interwoven with recently published ones: scholarship on dates and sources is combined with contemporary theoretical approaches, literary history of a traditional kind with now-current historicist approaches, and medieval hermeneutics with modern. Introducing Chaucer, the volume maintains, must entail the presentation of diverse methods of reading Chaucer."--Jacket
Chaucer and pagan antiquity by A. J Minnis( Book )

10 editions published between 1982 and 2010 in English and Spanish and held by 487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Magister amoris : the Roman de la rose and vernacular hermeneutics by A. J Minnis( Book )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Roman de la Rose was a major bestseller - largely due to its robust treatment of 'natural' sexuality. This study concentrates on the ways in which Jean de Meun, in imitation of Ovid as understood within medieval scholarship, assumed the mock-magisterium (or mastership) of love."--Jacket
Translations of authority in medieval English literature : valuing the vernacular by A. J Minnis( Book )

20 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Minnis presents the fruits of a long-term engagement with the ways in which crucial ideological issues were deployed in vernacular texts. He addresses the crisis for vernacular translation precipitated by the Lollard heresy, Langland's views on indulgences, Chaucer's tales of suspicious saints and risible relics, and more
Historians on Chaucer : the 'general prologue' to the Canterbury tales by A. J Minnis( Book )

13 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As literary scholars have long insisted, an interdisciplinary approach is vital if modern readers are to make sense of works of medieval literature. In particular, rather than reading the works of medieval authors as addressing us across the centuries about some timeless or ahistorical 'human condition', critics from a wide range of theoretical approaches have in recent years shown how the work of poets such as Chaucer constituted engagements with the power relations and social inequalities of their time. Yet, perhaps surprisingly, medieval historians have played little part in this 'historical turn' in the study of medieval literature. The aim of this volume is to allow historians who are experts in the fields of economic, social, political, religious, and intellectual history the chance to interpret one of the most famous works of Middle English literature, Geoffrey Chaucer's 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Tales, in its contemporary context. Rather than resorting to traditional historical attempts to see Chaucer's descriptions of the Canterbury pilgrims as immediate reflections of historical reality or as portraits of real-life people whom Chaucer knew, the contributors to this volume have sought to show what interpretive frameworks were available to Chaucer in order to make sense of reality and how he adapted his literary and ideological inheritance so as to engage with the controversies and conflicts of his own day. Beginning with a survey of recent debates about the social meaning of Chaucer's work, the volume then discusses each of the Canterbury pilgrims in turn. Historians on Chaucer should be of interest to all scholars and students of medieval culture whether they are specialists in literature or history"--
The Cambridge Introduction to Chaucer by A. J Minnis( Book )

15 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Geoffrey Chaucer is the best-known and most widely read of all medieval British writers, famous for his scurrilous humour and biting satire against the vices and absurdities of his age. Yet he was also a poet of passionate love, sensitive to issues of gender and sexual difference, fascinated by the ideological differences between the pagan past and the Christian present, and a man of science, knowledgeable in astronomy, astrology and alchemy. This concise book is an ideal starting point for study of all his major poems, particularly The Canterbury Tales, to which two chapters are devoted. It offers close readings of individual texts, presenting various possibilities for interpretation, and includes discussion of Chaucer's life, career, historical context and literary influences. An account of the various ways in which he has been understood over the centuries leads into an up-to-date, annotated guide to further reading"--
Pedagogy, intellectuals, and dissent in the later Middle Ages : Lollardy and ideas of learning by Rita Copeland( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is about the place of pedagogy and the role of intellectuals in medieval dissent. Focusing on the medieval English heresy known as Lollardy, Rita Copeland places heretical and orthodox attitudes to learning in a long historical perspective that reaches back to antiquity. She shows how educational ideologies of ancient lineage left their imprint on the most sharply politicized categories of late-medieval culture, and how radical teachers transformed inherited ideas about classrooms and pedagogy as they brought their teaching to adult learners. The pedagogical imperatives of Lollard dissent were also embodied in the work of certain public figures, intellectuals whose dissident careers transformed the social category of the medieval intellectual. Looking closely at the prison narratives of two Lollard preachers, Copeland shows how their writings could serve as examples for their fellow dissidents and forge a new rapport between academic and nonacademic communities."--Jacket
The Cambridge history of literary criticism( )

29 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This unique volume offers for the first time a comprehensive introduction to the literary theory and criticism produced during the Middle Ages. The essays cover all the main traditions in Medieval Latin, Byzantine Greek, and the major European vernaculars, ranging from Irish to Old Norse, from Occitan to Middle High German and Italian, with special attention being paid to the contribution of Dante Alighieri and his commentators, along with the debates on the relative merits of Latin and the Italian vernacular, and the literary attitudes of the early humanists
Gower's Confessio Amantis : responses and reassessments( Book )

8 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Handling sin : confession in the Middle Ages by Peter Biller( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume comprises papers delivered at a conference held by the University of York's Centre for Medieval Studies at King's Manor, York, on March 9th, 1996, under the title Confession in Medieval Culture and Society
Medieval holy women in the Christian tradition c. 1100-c. 1500 by A. J Minnis( Book )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Survey chapters on each geographical region and essays on both well- and lesser-known women who contributed to the efflorescence of female piety and visionary experience
From Eden to eternity : creations of paradise in the later Middle Ages by A. J Minnis( Book )

18 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction : creating paradise -- ch. 1. The body in Eden. Creating bodies ; Bodily functions ; The pleasures of paradise ; Being fruitful and multiplying ; The children of Eden ; What Adam knew ; Creating souls ; Eden as human habitat -- ch. 2. Power in paradise. Dominion over the animals ; Domestic dominion : the origins of economics ; Power and gender ; Unequal men : the origins of politics ; Power and possession : the origins of ownership ; The insubordinate fall -- ch. 3. Death and the paradise beyond. The death of the animal ; The body returns ; Representing paradise : from Eden to the patria ; Perfecting children's bodies ; Rewarding inequality ; Negotiating the material ; Resurrecting the senses ; Somewhere over the rainbow -- Coda : between paradises
Chaucer's Boece and the medieval tradition of Boethius( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Medieval Boethius : studies in the vernacular translations of De consolatione philosophiae( Book )

12 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays on Ricardian literature in honour of J.A. Burrow( Book )

9 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crux and controversy in Middle English textual criticism( Book )

7 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The shorter poems
Fallible authors : Chaucer's Pardoner and Wife of BathMedieval literary theory and criticism, c. 1100-c. 1375 : the commentary-traditionMedieval theology and the natural bodyThe shorter poemsChaucer and pagan antiquityMagister amoris : the Roman de la rose and vernacular hermeneuticsTranslations of authority in medieval English literature : valuing the vernacularPedagogy, intellectuals, and dissent in the later Middle Ages : Lollardy and ideas of learning
Alternative Names
Minnis, A. J.

Minnis, A.J. 1948-

Minnis, Alastair.

Minnis Alastair 1948-....

Minnis, Alastair J.

Minnis, Alastair J. 1948-

Minnis, Alastair James 1948-

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