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Author Chamberlin, John, 1942-
Title Medieval arts doctrines on ambiguity and their place in Langland's poetics / John Chamberlin.
Imprint Montreal, Que. : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2000.

Author Chamberlin, John, 1942-
Subject Langland, William, 1330?-1400? Piers Plowman.
Ambiguity in literature.
Poetics -- History -- To 1500.
Description 1 online resource (185 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Summary "Using an interdisciplinary approach, John Chamberlin brings together an examination of Langland's poetic practices, a discussion of the historical development of the arts of discourse doctrines they derive from, and some broad considerations of the implications of these doctrines for language theory. Focusing on the concept of ambiguity, Chamberlin claims that the excess of meaning ambiguity gives language is at least as important as allegory to the understanding of Piers Plowman and other medieval texts. He deals with lexical ambiguity and the ambiguity of words-as-words - in which words themselves are taken as objects - offering linguistic, philosophical, and historical perspectives."--Jacket.
Contents Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Lexical Ambiguity: Context, Ground, and Overview -- Augustine on Ambiguity -- The Twelfth Century and Arts of Discourse -- Piers Plowman: The Resources of Ambiguity in the SamaritanAs Sermon -- Transition -- Words-as-Words: Context, Ground, and Overview -- Augustine on Words- as- Words -- The Twelfth Century and Words- as- Words -- Piers Plowman and the Ambiguity of Words- as- Words -- Conclusion -- Works Cited -- Index
ISBN 9780773568587 (electronic bk.)
0773568581 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 180773064
Additional Format Print version: Chamberlin, John, 1942- Medieval arts doctrines on ambiguity and their place in Langland's poetics. Montreal ; Ithaca, [N.Y.] : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2000 0773520732 (DLC) 2001277102 (OCoLC)43282448.

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