Gestures and Looks in Medieval Narrative
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Gestures and Looks in Medieval Narrative by J. A. Burrow
Book DescriptionIn medieval society, gestures and speaking looks played an even more important part in public and private exchanges than they do today. Gestures meant more than words, for example, in ceremonies of homage and fealty. In this, the first study of its kind in English, John Burrow examines the role of non-verbal communication in a wide range of narrative texts, including Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, the anonymous Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Malory's Morte D'arthur, the romances of Chretien de Troyes, the Prose Lancelot, Boccaccio's Il Filostrato, and Dante's Commedia. Burrow argues that since non-verbal signs are in general less subject to change than words, many of the behaviours recorded in these texts, such as pointing and amorous gazing, are familiar in themselves; yet many prove easy to misread, either because they are no longer common, like bowing, or because their use has changed, like winking.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521815642
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 8-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author J. A. Burrow
Poetry of Praise, Paperback (March 2011)
This book examines the flourishing and subsequent decline of praise poetry as a genre from Antiquity to the present.
Gestures and Looks in Medieval Narrative, Paperback (February 2008)
John Burrow examines the role of non-verbal communication in a range of narrative texts.
Medieval Writers and Their Work, Paperback (February 2008)
A fully updated second edition of J. A. Burrow's hugely successful introduction to medieval English literature.
Book of Middle English, Hardback (September 2004)» View all books by J. A. Burrow
Introduces students to the wide range of literature written in England between 1150 and 1400. This title introduces the language of the time, giving guidance on pronunciation, spelling, grammar, metre, vocabulary and regional dialects. It includes extracts from 'Pearl' and Chaucer's "Troilus and Criseyde".
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Author Biography - J. A. Burrow
John Burrow is Emeritus Professor and Research Fellow in the Department of English at Bristol University. He has published widely on middle English literature. His books include Medieval Writers and Their Work (1982).
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