Beyond Reformation?: An Essay on William Langland’s Piers Plowman and the End of Constantinian Christianity

University of Notre Dame Pess
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The essay form that Aers has chosen for his book contributes to the effectiveness of the argument he develops in tandem with the structure of Langland’s poem: he sustains and tests his argument in a series of steps or “passus,” a Langlandian mode of proceeding. His essay unfolds an argument about medieval and early modern forms of Constantinian Christianity and reformation, and the way in which Langland's own vision of a secularizing, de-Christianizing late medieval church draws him toward the idea of a church of “fools,” beyond papacy, priesthood, hierarchy, and institutions. For Aers, Langland opens up serious diachronic issues concerning Christianity and culture. His essay includes a brief summary of the poem and modern translations alongside the original medieval English. It will challenge specialists on Langland's poem and supply valuable resources of thought for anyone who continues to struggle with the church of today.
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About the author

David Aers is James B. Duke Professor of English and Historical Theology with appointments in both the English Department and in the Divinity School at Duke University.

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Publisher
University of Notre Dame Pess
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Published on
Nov 5, 2015
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Pages
280
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ISBN
9780268158002
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Language
English
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Genres
Literary Criticism / Medieval
Literary Criticism / Poetry
Religion / Christianity / History
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