A Whisper in the Ear of Early Modernists; or Reflections on Literary Critics Writing the ‘History of the Subject., Reflections on Literary Critics Writing the ‘History of the Subject.
Incidental references: PPl’s dialectic between the inner quest and the search for an external pilgrimage goal is considered in the context of the tradition of interiority and subjectivity developed from Augustine. The vision offered by Piers – the necessity of turning inward to encounter the sources of salvation- fades, only to re-emerge during Will’s recovery from hedonistic egotism.
Culture and History 1350-1600: Essays on English Communities, Identities and Writing, ed, David Aers. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1992. 177-202, esp. 183-85.