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The Laborer's Two Bodies: Labor and the Work of the Text in Medieval Britain, 1350-1500 (The New Middle Ages), Robertson, Kellie
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Author Name:    Robertson, Kellie

Title:   The Laborer's Two Bodies: Labor and the Work of the Text in Medieval Britain, 1350-1500 (The New Middle Ages)

Binding:   Hardcover

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Palgrave Macmillan 

ISBN Number:   1403965161 / 9781403965165

Seller ID:   ING9781403965165

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"The Laborer's Two Bodies" explores the intellectual, cultural, and political consequences of one of the most fundamental shifts in late medieval English society: the first national labor regulation in the wake of the 1348 plague. Bridging the medieval and early modern periods, this book analyzes a wide range of texts and images produced in this initial period of labor regulation (1349 to 1500), including texts by Chaucer, Gower, Langland, the Paston Family, and Barclay. "The Laborer's Two Bodies" demonstrates that the category of labor became increasingly problematic for writers who struggled to understand the meaning of work in a world where labor was simultaneously understood as punishment, virtue, and reward.



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