At 10:19 PM -0700 10/31/01, Katherine Eggert wrote:
>I would be interested to learn if early modern writers suspect that
>glosses are themselves a form of glozing.
At 9:34 AM -0500 11/1/01, Marshall Grossman wrote:
>Milton thought so:
So did the Wife of Bath.
For a study of how "glossing, instead of signifying a scholarly operation performed on texts, becomes a strategic and usually coercive operation performed on people," see Robert W. Hanning, "'I shall find it in a maner glose': Versions of Textual Harassment in Medieval Literature," in Finke and Shichtman, eds., Medieval Texts and Contemporary Readers (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1987) 27-50.
The title comes from the Summoner's Tale, but Hanning's best example is the Wife of Bath's Prologue, where the ability to apply spin to -- and even literally throw -- authoritative texts figures prominently in the contest for authentic experience in the face of coercive power.
Craig A. Berry
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