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Authorising History

Gestures of Authorship in Fourteenth-Century English Historiography

Author(s): Nicole Nyffenegger

Book Description

“This book discusses the strategies and rhetorical means by which four authors of Middle English verse historiography seek to authorise their works and themselves. Paying careful attention to the texts, it traces the ways in which authors inscribe their fictional selves and seek to give authority to their constructions of history. It further investigates how the authors position themselves in relation to their task of writing history, their sources and their audiences. This study provides new insights into the processes of the appropriation of history around 1300 by social groups whose lack of the relevant languages, before this ‘anglicising’ of the dominant Latin and French history constructions, prevented their access to the history of the British isles.”
—Wilhelm Busse
University of Düsseldorf


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4819-0
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4819-0
Date of Publication: 01/07/2013
Pages / Size: 230 / A5
Price: £44.99


Nicole Nyffenegger holds a degree in Medieval History and Medieval English Language and Literature from the University of Berne, Switzerland, where she also wrote her PhD. Presently, she is working on her habilitation, tentatively entitled “Writing on Skin” on the textuality of human skin in English literature. She is a Senior Assistant in Medieval English Studies at the English Department in Berne.