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dc.contributor.advisorHeller-Roazen, Danielen_US
dc.contributor.advisorSmith, D. Vanceen_US
dc.contributor.authorKlement, Leahen_US
dc.contributor.otherComparative Literature Departmenten_US
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation traces an unexamined aspect of classical reception in the literature of fourteenth-century England. In contrast to the well-known Trojan narratives that framed the English as the descendants of a Trojan refugee, the texts studied in this dissertation turn to Thebes and Rome instead of Troy, as a way of exploring the major disjunctions in English history and contesting Trojan narratives of singular descent. This alternative narrative allows writers to assess critically the foundations and extent of sovereignty in England, prompted by the rebellions and civil unrest that troubled late fourteenth-century English society. Bringing English legendary history together with classical models of domestic division, such as Lucan and Statius, these writers wonder whether and how these inheritances have come to bear on present social divisions, and also whether histories of difference and disunity might undermine sovereign authority to suppress such conflicts with violence. Further, in their attention to classical models as a pattern for ethically reading and writing about violence, these texts represent an unexpectedly early humanistic approach to questions of governance in later medieval England.en_US
dc.publisherPrinceton, NJ : Princeton Universityen_US
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dc.subjectcivil waren_US
dc.subjectClassical receptionen_US
dc.subjectethics of readingen_US
dc.subjectmedieval romanceen_US
dc.subject.classificationMedieval literatureen_US
dc.subject.classificationEnglish literatureen_US
dc.subject.classificationClassical literatureen_US
dc.titleWars Among Friends: Poetry and Sovereignty in Medieval Englanden_US
dc.typeAcademic dissertations (Ph.D.)en_US
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