• The Poetics of Practicality

    Author(s):
    Lisa H. Cooper (see profile)
    Date:
    2007
    Group(s):
    CLCS Medieval, LLC Chaucer, LLC Middle English
    Subject(s):
    English literature, Medieval literature, Poetics
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6TW3P
    Abstract:
    This essay explores insistently practical medieval texts—works whose explicit goal is to assist their readers to make something in the world beyond the page (a book, a culinary dish, an ointment, an object) and asks if they can be said to have a poetics. Drawing on Michel de Certeau and Pierre Bourdieu’s theories of practice as well as Gérard Genette’s concepts of literariness, the article examines medieval vocabularies, medical texts, recipes, carving manuals, and several works by Geoffrey Chaucer and John Lydgate to consider the relationship of the poetic and the practical and the broad appeal of the how-to text in late medieval English literature and culture.
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    Published
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