Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Penn Commentary on Piers Plowman Volume V: C Passus 20-22; B Passus 18-20/the Penn Commentary on Piers Plowman, Volume I: C Prologue-Passus 4; B Prologue-Passus 4; A Prologue-Passus 4

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Penn Commentary on Piers Plowman Volume V: C Passus 20-22; B Passus 18-20/the Penn Commentary on Piers Plowman, Volume I: C Prologue-Passus 4; B Prologue-Passus 4; A Prologue-Passus 4

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A. Barney, The Penn Commentary on Piers Phwman, Volume V: C Passus 20-22; B Passus 18-20 (Philadelphia, Pa: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006). xvi +310 pp. £42.50/$65.00. Andrew Galloway, The Penn Commentary on Piers Plowman, Volume I: C Prologue-Passus 4; B Prologue-Passus 4; A Prologue-Passus 4 (Philadelphia, Pa: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006). xiv + 492 pp £62.00/195.00. Each one of this five- volume commentary on Piers Plowman initiated by Stephen Barney is the work of a different scholar. Volume V has appeared first, followed by Volume I (Volumes II, III, and IV will be prepared by Ralph Hanna, Anne Middleton, and Traugott Lawler). The series aims to draw on the large field of recent scholarship on Piers Plowman in order to provide extensive literary critical analysis of individual passages and lines, and 'to take seriously the etymological base of the term "commentary"'. There is no intention to provide either a Variorum commentary or a preliminary introduction to the poem. …

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