Coverart for item
The Resource The book of the incipit : beginnings in the fourteenth century, D. Vance Smith

The book of the incipit : beginnings in the fourteenth century, D. Vance Smith

Label
The book of the incipit : beginnings in the fourteenth century
Title
The book of the incipit
Title remainder
beginnings in the fourteenth century
Statement of responsibility
D. Vance Smith
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This is the first book to examine a peculiar feature of one of the greatest and most perplexing poems of England's late Middle Ages - the successive attempts of Piers Plowman to begin, and to keep beginning. D. Vance Smith compels us to rethink beginning, as concept and practice, in both medieval and contemporary terms." "The problem of beginning was invested with increasing urgency in the 1300s; it was grappled with in England's courts, churches, universities, workshops, fields, and streets. The Book of the Incipit reveals how Langland's poem exemplifies the widespread interest in beginning in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, an interest that is evident in such divergent fields as physics, time measurement, logic, grammar, rhetoric, theology, and book production." "Smith offers a theoretical understanding of beginning that departs from the structuralisms of Edward Said, the traditional formalisms of A. D. Nuttall, and most medievalist and modernist treatments of closure. Instead, he views a work's beginning as a figure of the beginning of the work itself, and the inception of language as the problem of beginning to which we continually return."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1963-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, D. Vance
Government publication
government publication level undetermined
Index
index present
LC call number
PR2015
LC item number
.S62 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Medieval cultures
Series volume
28
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Openings (Rhetoric)
  • Rhetoric, Medieval
  • Incipits
  • Christian poetry, English (Middle)
  • English language
  • Langland, William
  • Langland, William
  • Langland, William
Label
The book of the incipit : beginnings in the fourteenth century, D. Vance Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Preliminary
  • Incipit: A Fourteenth-Century Incipit.
  • p. 1
  • Initium: Incipits and the Intentions of Vernacular Writing.
  • p. 42
  • Exordium: Making Beginnings: Disposition and Inscription.
  • p. 61
  • Thema: The Book That Makes Itself.
  • p. 82
  • Origo: Genealogy: Engenderment and Digression.
  • p. 113
  • Conditora: The Archive of Grammar: Beginning and Documentary Remembrance.
  • p. 140
  • Principium: Beginning Perfection: The Theology of Inception.
  • p. 171
  • Notes.
  • p. 213
  • Bibliography.
  • p. 261
  • Index.
  • p. 283
Control code
l80000012669
Extent
xii, 295 p.
Isbn
9780816637607
Lccn
lc00012669
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The book of the incipit : beginnings in the fourteenth century, D. Vance Smith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Preliminary
  • Incipit: A Fourteenth-Century Incipit.
  • p. 1
  • Initium: Incipits and the Intentions of Vernacular Writing.
  • p. 42
  • Exordium: Making Beginnings: Disposition and Inscription.
  • p. 61
  • Thema: The Book That Makes Itself.
  • p. 82
  • Origo: Genealogy: Engenderment and Digression.
  • p. 113
  • Conditora: The Archive of Grammar: Beginning and Documentary Remembrance.
  • p. 140
  • Principium: Beginning Perfection: The Theology of Inception.
  • p. 171
  • Notes.
  • p. 213
  • Bibliography.
  • p. 261
  • Index.
  • p. 283
Control code
l80000012669
Extent
xii, 295 p.
Isbn
9780816637607
Lccn
lc00012669
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

Library Locations

    • Sydney Jones LibraryBorrow it
      Chatham Street, Liverpool, L7 7BD, GB
      53.403069 -2.963723