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Textual Healing: Studies in Medieval English Medical, Scientific, and Technical Texts (review)

Textual Healing: Studies in Medieval English Medical, Scientific, and Technical Texts (review) Book Reviews The twists and turns of politics were so complicated at this time that, in my view, it is impossible to adduce Fovent's 1388 allegiances by his 1391 preferment. Parliament and Political Pamphleteering is wonderfully interdisciplinary; while its focus is on history and politics, wide and thorough reading of primary and secondary literary material informs its arguments throughout. The book sets Fovent's writings in the context of the writings of Chaucer, Usk, Langland, and Gower and is grounded in key arguments about politics and poetics by critics such as Paul Strohm and Anne Middleton. Oliver is also extremely well-read in current work by historians and literary critics alike. I noted one historical slip on p. 61, when Richard II is referred to as Henry IV's uncle--he was in fact his first cousin. In editorial terms, I felt that the book would be more accessible if English translations of Latin and Anglo-Norman quotations were routinely included alongside the original languages. The book begins and ends with important points about periodization. In this, it is absolutely of its moment: books such as Cultural Reformations: Medieval and Renaissance in Literary History, edited by James Simpson and Brian Cummings (2010), have http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JEGP, Journal of English and Germanic Philology University of Illinois Press

Textual Healing: Studies in Medieval English Medical, Scientific, and Technical Texts (review)

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Book Reviews The twists and turns of politics were so complicated at this time that, in my view, it is impossible to adduce Fovent's 1388 allegiances by his 1391 preferment. Parliament and Political Pamphleteering is wonderfully interdisciplinary; while its focus is on history and politics, wide and thorough reading of primary and secondary literary material informs its arguments throughout. The book sets Fovent's writings in the context of the writings of Chaucer, Usk, Langland, and Gower and is grounded in key arguments about politics and poetics by critics such as Paul Strohm and Anne Middleton. Oliver is also extremely well-read in current work by historians and literary critics alike. I noted one historical slip on p. 61, when Richard II is referred to as Henry IV's uncle--he was in fact his first cousin. In editorial terms, I felt that the book would be more accessible if English translations of Latin and Anglo-Norman quotations were routinely included alongside the original languages. The book begins and ends with important points about periodization. In this, it is absolutely of its moment: books such as Cultural Reformations: Medieval and Renaissance in Literary History, edited by James Simpson and Brian Cummings (2010), have

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JEGP, Journal of English and Germanic PhilologyUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Oct 11, 2012

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