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Fragmentation and Contradiction in "Piers Plowman" and Its Implications for the Study of Modern Literature, Art and Culture

The Apocalyptic Discourse

By (author) Michael L. Klein
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Aug 1992
Dimensions: h 240mm
ISBN-10: 0773495045
ISBN-13: 9780773495043
Barcode No: 9780773495043
Synopsis
This study charts and analyzes the stylistic, ideological, and human signifiers of a general crisis of rhetoric and discourse: shifting genres and resolutions; parataxis; contradiction, recycling, and repetition. The style, structure and dialogic pattern of meanings of William Langland's Piers Plowman are the starting points of an inquiry into the contradictions of cultures and societies in transition. Crises of feudal and late capitalist cultures in transition are analyzed in visual art, film, and music as well as literature. Texts studies include the work of Eliot, Pound, Lawrence, Dos Passos, Glass, Reich, and Dylan, as well as the film "Beyond Thunderdome."

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