The Signifying Power of Pearl

This book enhances our understanding of the exquisitely beautiful, fourteenth-century, Middle English dream vision poem Pearl.

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Author: Jane Beal

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317194262

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 180

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This book enhances our understanding of the exquisitely beautiful, fourteenth-century, Middle English dream vision poem Pearl. Situating the study in the contexts of medieval literary criticism and contemporary genre theory, Beal argues that the poet intended Pearl to be read at four levels of meaning and in four corresponding genres: literally, an elegy; spiritually, an allegory; morally, a consolation; and anagogically, a revelation. The book addresses cruxes and scholarly debates about the poem’s genre and meaning, including key questions that have been unresolved in Pearl studies for over a century: * What is the nature of the relationship between the Dreamer and the Maiden? * What is the significance of allusions to Ovidian love stories and the use of liturgical time in the poem? * How does avian symbolism, like that of the central symbol of the pearl, develop, transform, and add meaning throughout the dream vision? * What is the nature of God portrayed in the poem, and how does the portrayal of the Maiden’s intimate relationship to God, her spiritual marriage to the Lamb, connect to the poet’s purpose in writing? Noting that the poem is open to many interpretations, Beal also considers folktale genre patterns in Pearl, including those drawn from parable, fable, and fairy-tale. The conclusion considers Pearl in the light of modern psychological theories of grieving and trauma. This book makes a compelling case for re-reading Pearl and recognizing the poem’s signifying power. Given the ongoing possibility of new interpretations, it will appeal to those who specialize in Pearl as well as scholars of Middle English, Medieval Literature, Genre Theory, and Literature and Religion.

Pearl

The fourteenth-century Middle English poem Pearl is one of the best dream vision poems ever written, yet its language (the Northwest Midlands dialect of late-medieval England) and literary allusions (to biblical, mythological, and medieval ...

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Author: Jane Beal

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 9781770487208

Category: Poetry

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The fourteenth-century Middle English poem Pearl is one of the best dream vision poems ever written, yet its language (the Northwest Midlands dialect of late-medieval England) and literary allusions (to biblical, mythological, and medieval works) make it difficult for modern readers to understand. This new dual-language edition of Pearl provides the original Middle English with a facing-page modern English translation. It includes a comprehensive introduction, annotations of key words and ideas, reproduction of the four manuscript illustrations, a literary sourcebook, and lists of biblical sources, significant liturgical dates, and the concatenation words. Literary and biblical sources for the poem are provided as appendices.

Approaches to Teaching the Middle English Pearl

Pearl: A Medieval Masterpiece in Middle English and Modern English. Under review. ———. “The Pearl-Maiden's Two Lovers.” Studies in Philology 100 (2003): 1–21. Print. ———. The Signifying Power of Pearl: Medieval Literary and Cultural ...

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Author: Jane Beal

Publisher: Modern Language Association

ISBN: 9781603292931

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 262

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The moving, richly allegorical poem Pearl was likely written by the anonymous poet who also penned Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. In it, a man in a garden, grieving the loss of a beloved pearl, dreams of the Pearl-Maiden, who appears across a stream. She teaches him the nature of innocence, God's grace, meekness, and purity. Though granted a vision of the New Jerusalem by the Pearl-Maiden, the dreamer is pained to discover that he cannot cross the stream himself and join her in bliss--at least not yet. This extraordinary poem is a door into late medieval poetics and Catholic piety. Part 1 of this volume, "Materials," introduces instructors to the many resources available for teaching the canonical yet challenging Pearl, including editions, translations, and scholarship on the poem as well as its historical context. The essays in part 2, "Approaches," offer instructors tools for introducing students to critical issues associated with the poem, such as its authorship, sources and analogues, structure and language, and relation to other works of its time. Contributors draw on interdisciplinary approaches to outline ways of teaching Pearl in a variety of classroom contexts.

Gender Poetry and the Form of Thought in Later Medieval Literature

See Anglo-Norman Dictionary (http://www.anglo-norman.net/gate/), s.v. grain, sense 4, “bead, pearl.” 9. ... Storm, “The Arbor and the Pearl,” 16. 17. ... The Signifying Power of “Pearl”: Medieval Literary The Landscapes of Pearl 155.

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Author: Jennifer Jahner

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781611463330

Category: English literature

Page: 264

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Dedicated to the scholarship of Elizabeth Robertson, Gender, Poetry, and the Form of Thought in Later Medieval Literature is a collection of essays that explore how gender in medieval English literature intersects with philosophy, poetry, history, and religion.

Tudor and Stuart Consorts

Power, Influence, and Dynasty Aidan Norrie, Carolyn Harris, J. L. Laynesmith, Danna R. Messer, Elena Woodacre ... 27 Jane Beal, The Signifying Power of Pearl, Medieval Literal and Cultural Contexts for the Transformation of Genre (New ...

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Author: Aidan Norrie

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030951979

Category: History

Page: 383

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This book examines the lives and tenures of all the consorts of the Tudor and Stuart monarchs of England between 1485 and 1714, as well as the wives of the two Lords Protector during the Commonwealth. The figures in Tudor and Stuart Consorts are both incredibly familiar—especially the six wives of Henry VIII—and exceedingly unfamiliar, such as George of Denmark, the husband of Queen Anne. These innovative and authoritative biographies recognise the important role consorts played in a period before constitutional monarchy: in addition to correcting popular assumptions that are based on limited historical evidence, the chapters provide a fuller picture of the role of consort that goes beyond discussions of exceptionalism and subversion. This volume and its companions reveal the changing nature of English consortship from the Norman Conquest to today.

Imagination and Fantasy in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time

She has also published The Signifying Power of Pearl: Medieval Literary and Cultural Contexts for the Transformation of Genre (Routledge, 2017), co-authored and co-edited Approaches to Teaching the Middle English Pearl (MLA, ...

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Author: Albrecht Classen

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110693669

Category: History

Page: 820

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The notions of other peoples, cultures, and natural conditions have always been determined by the epistemology of imagination and fantasy, providing much freedom and creativity, and yet have also created much fear, anxiety, and horror. In this regard, the pre-modern world demonstrates striking parallels with our own insofar as the projections of alterity might be different by degrees, but they are fundamentally the same by content. Dreams, illusions, projections, concepts, hopes, utopias/dystopias, desires, and emotional attachments are as specific and impactful as the physical environment. This volume thus sheds important light on the various lenses used by people in the Middle Ages and the early modern age as to how they came to terms with their perceptions, images, and notions. Previous scholarship focused heavily on the history of mentality and history of emotions, whereas here the history of pre-modern imagination, and fantasy assumes center position. Imaginary things are taken seriously because medieval and early modern writers and artists clearly reveal their great significance in their works and their daily lives. This approach facilitates a new deep-structure analysis of pre-modern culture.

Communication Translation and Community in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period

She also has written The Signifying Power of Pearl: Medieval Literary and Cultural Contexts for the Transformation of Genre (Routledge, 2017), co-authored and co-edited Approaches to Teaching the Middle English Pearl (MLA, 2018), ...

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Author: Albrecht Classen

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110776874

Category: History

Page: 642

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Die neue englischsprachige Reihe zur Mediävistik strebt eine methodisch reflektierte, anspruchsvolle Verbindung von Text- und Kulturwissenschaft an. Sie widmet sich den kulturellen Grundthemen der mittelalterlichen Welt aus der Perspektive der Literatur- und Geschichtswissenschaft. ‚Grundthemen' sind die kulturprägenden Denkbilder, Weltanschauungen, Sozialstrukturen und Alltagsbedingungen des mittelalterlichen Lebens, also z. B. Kindheit und Alter, Sexualität, Religion, Medizin, Rituale, Arbeit, Armut und Reichtum, Aberglauben, Erde und Kosmos, Stadt und Land, Krieg, Emotionen, Kommunikation, Reisen usw. Die Reihe greift wichtige aktuelle Fachdiskussionen auf und stellt ein Forum der interdisziplinären Mittelalter-Forschung dar. Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture steht Sammelbänden ebenso offen wie Monographien. Intention ist immer, kompendienhafte Werke zu zentralen Fragen der mittelalterlichen Kulturgeschichte vorzulegen, die einen soliden Überblick über einen geschlossenen Themenkreis aus der Perspektive verschiedener Fachdisziplinen vermitteln. Im Ganzen bietet die Reihe so eine Enzyklopädie der mittelalterlichen Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte und ihrer Hauptthemen. Es werden ca. zwei Bände pro Jahr erscheinen.

PRAISE LAMENT Psalms for the God of Birds

... Past: Essays on Medieval Literature Illuminating Moses: A History of Reception The Signifying Power of Pearl Approaches to Teaching the Middle English Pearl Pearl: A Middle English Edition and Modern English Translation Illuminating ...

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Author: Jane Beal

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780359368464

Category: Poetry

Page: 98

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This collection of 40 psalm-poems includes praises and laments as well as psalms of creation, psalms of ascent, and a black-and-white reproduction of the medieval Psalter Map. A study guide for small groups seeking to relate their poetry reading to scripture and their spiritual lives follows the main text. Enjoy!

Illuminating Jesus in the Middle Ages

“The Pearl-Maiden'sTwo Lovers.” Studiesin Philology 100 (2003):1-21. Beal, Jane. “The Signifying Power of Pearl.” Quidditas 33 (2012):27-59. Beckwith, Sarah. Christ's Body: Identity, Culture and Society in Late Medieval Writings.

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Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004409422

Category: History

Page: 392

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In Illuminating Jesus in the Middle Ages, editor Jane Beal and other contributing scholars analyse the reception history of Jesus in medieval cultures (6th–15th c.), considering a wide variety of Christological images and ideas and their influence.

Worlds Gone Awry

She is the author of The Signifying Power of Pearl and John Trevisa and the English Polychronicon, editor of Illuminating Moses, and coeditor of Translating the Past and Approaches to Teaching the Middle English Pearl.

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Author: John J. Han,

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476633770

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 259

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 Dystopian fiction captivates us by depicting future worlds at once eerily similar and shockingly foreign to our own. This collection of new essays presents some of the most recent scholarship on a genre whose popularity has surged dramatically since the 1990s. Contributors explore such novels as The Lord of the Flies, The Heart Goes Last, The Giver and The Strain Trilogy as social critique, revealing how they appeal to the same impulse as utopian fiction: the desire for an idealized yet illusory society in which evil is purged and justice prevails.