Medievalism, Multilingualism, and Chaucer (The New Middle by M. Davidson

By M. Davidson

In new readings of medieval language attitudes and identities, this ebook concludes that multilingualism proficient masculinist discourses, that have been aligned opposed to the vernacular sentiment generally attributed to Langland and Chaucer.

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Pork,” answered the swine-herd. ” “Nay, I can tell you more,” said Wamba, in the same tone; there is old Alderman Ox continues to hold his Saxon epithet, while he is under the charge of serfs and bondmen such as though, but becomes Beef a fiery French gallant, when he arrives before the worschipful jaws that are destined to consume him. Mynheer Calve, too, becomes Monsieur de Veau in the like manner; he is Saxon when he requires tendance, and takes a Norman name when he becomes matter of enjoyment.

Tulloch demonstrates that Scott succeeds at the objectives set out in his dedicatory epistle to Ivanhoe. ” Matthews has shown how Scott had already linked Saxon linguistic inheritance to his Lowland identity in his edition of Sir Tristrem from the Auchinleck manuscript, which he completed in 1802. ”34 The attention to language as history is especially acute here, however. 35 To this end, part of Scott’s linguistic argument for the provenance of Sir Tristrem built on his qualification of his Lowland Scots English as more Teutonic than that English south of Scotland, which Scott deems weakly incapable of resisting French language inf luence in the late medieval period.

Most inf luential in popularizing this portrait, Walter Scott (1771– 1832) fashioned a self-consciously monolingual character for postconquest English in his first novel set in the Middle Ages, Ivanhoe (1819). Historians have already disclaimed Scott’s seemingly simplistic depiction of ethnic hostilities between French-speaking Normans and Englishspeaking Saxons. However, histories of the English language often reproduce that English and French language antipathy that Scott explored with likely greater multilingual circumspection than the monolingualist tradition of that crosslinguistic hostility that Ivanhoe has subsequently fed and multiple adaptations of the novel have preserved.

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