Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Congregation of the Elect: Patterns of Self-Fashioning in English Lollard Writings

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Congregation of the Elect: Patterns of Self-Fashioning in English Lollard Writings

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Matti Peikola, Congregation of the Elect.' Patterns of Self-Fashioning in English Lollard Writings, Anglicana Turkuensia 21 (Turku: University of Turku, 2000). x + 362 pp. ISBN 951-29-172-3. Fi. M. 120.00. Matti Peikola's dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Turku, Finland, studies the self-presentation of Lollards as a `social-rhetorical community' (p. 8) in their vernacular writings through a detailed examination of typical vocabulary, in particular of collective plurals such as `trewe men'. In the process, Peikola examines the validity or otherwise of Anne Hudson's by-now canonical notion of a `Lollard sect vocabulary', concluding that `the linguistically wider notion of idiom rather than the strictly lexical vocabulay' (p. 294) is more relevant to understanding Lollard usage. More interestingly, he suggests that questions of genre must be given prominence in any study of Lollard discourse as the incidence of specific idioms in a given text depends substantially on text-type. …

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