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Minnis, A. J. (Alastair J.)

Works: 70 works in 469 publications in 1 language and 10,684 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Conference papers and proceedings  Church history 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Collector, Opponent
Classifications: PN86, 801.9509
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by A. J Minnis
The shorter poems by A. J Minnis( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 551 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
Fallible authors : Chaucer's Pardoner and Wife of Bath by A. J Minnis( Book )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 484 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
The Cambridge history of literary criticism by Marshall Brown( Book )

49 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first-ever history of the literary theory and criticism produced during the Middle Ages that covers all the main traditions in Latin, the major European vernaculars and Byzantine Greek. Starting with the study of grammar and the formal 'arts' of poetry, letter-writing and preaching, it proceeds to offer a full description of the Latin commentary tradition on classical and classicising literature, followed by explanations of medieval views on literary imagination and memory and the ways in which certain texts were believed to achieve moral profit through pleasure. Subsequent essays explore the diverse theoretical and critical traditions which developed in the vernacular languages, ranging from Medieval Irish to Old Norse, Occitan to Middle High German, concentrating particularly on Dante and his commentators and Italian humanist criticism. The volume concludes with an examination of the attitudes to literature and its uses in Greek Byzantium
Handling sin : confession in the Middle Ages by Peter Biller( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 307 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( Book )

14 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 283 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
The Medieval Boethius : studies in the vernacular translations of De consolatione philosophiae( Book )

11 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historians on Chaucer : the 'general prologue' to the Canterbury tales by S. H Rigby( Book )

9 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 279 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"--
Chaucer's Boece and the medieval tradition of Boethius( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 2010 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Translations of authority in medieval English literature : valuing the vernacular by A. J Minnis( Book )

18 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 262 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
Essays on Ricardian literature in honour of J.A. Burrow( Book )

8 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medieval theology and the natural body( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 242 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
Latin and vernacular : studies in late-medieval texts and manuscripts( Book )

9 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 217 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
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The shorter poems
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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Fallible authors : Chaucer's Pardoner and Wife of BathThe Cambridge history of literary criticismHandling sin : confession in the Middle AgesMedieval holy women in the Christian tradition c. 1100-c. 1500The Medieval Boethius : studies in the vernacular translations of De consolatione philosophiaeChaucer's Boece and the medieval tradition of BoethiusTranslations of authority in medieval English literature : valuing the vernacularEssays on Ricardian literature in honour of J.A. BurrowMedieval theology and the natural body