Title Background

<i>Confession and Resistance: Defining the Self in Late Medieval England.</i>

Confession and Resistance: Defining the Self in Late Medieval England.

Includes a brief discussion (pp. 25-29) of PPl, ‘a text that is consistently concerned with exploring the limitations of traditional discourses, such as preaching and confession, to imagine or enact reform’. Little focuses on the confession of the seven sins upon hearing Reason’s sermon in B.5, which ‘demonstrates … an anxiety that the traditional means for reform, here penance, may not be entirely adequate to the task. Moreover, the text reveals what is to blame: the identificatory processes through which the laity are instructed in the requirements of faith’.

Rev. by:

  • Stephen Penn, Review of English Studies, n.s. 57 (2006), 793-05. 
  • Shannon Gayk, Medieval Review, 07.05.05 (http://hdl.handle.net/2027/
  • Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, American Historical Review, 112
    (2007), 918–19;
  • Shannon McSheffrey, Journal of British Studies, 46 (2007),
  • Robert J. Meyer-Lee, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, 29 (2007), 514–17;
  • Wendy Scase, Speculum, 82 (2007), 725–26;
  • Nancy Bradley Warren, Church History, 76 (2007), 413–15;
  • Christina von Nolcken, JEGP: The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 107 (2008), 410–12;
  • Emily Runde, Comitatus, 38 (2007), 251–53.