and the strategies by which dissenting opinions are marginalised or rigorously expelled or actually incorporated into the hegemonic order, becoming effectively neutralised in the process or even leading to concessionary alterations in the ideology of ' c o m m o n sense'. W h e n Strohm asserts, as he does several times, that Lancastrian attempts to control consensus completely were bound to fail, this failure can be explained in terms of the constant struggle between top-down and bottom-up pressures which accounts for the shifting nature of hegemonic power. But because textual constructions of truth are associated almost entirely with individuals in Strohm's readings, any discussion of institutional discourse or of the institutional locations of hegemonic power other than in the actual persons of the two Henrys themselves is more or less absent. It is as if an economist were to write about thefreemarket without mentioning capitalism. Within the contours of its N e w Historicist model, however, this historical and textual study of a significant period is as successful and ground-breaking as i s predecessor. Strohm's interpretations of the Lollard movement and of Hoccleve's t and Lydgate's Lancastrian poetry are likely to set a standard for
Parergon – Australian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)
Published: Apr 3, 2001
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