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John Skelton and Poetic Authority: Defining the Liberty to Speak

Jane Griffiths


This book is the first book-length study of Skelton for almost twenty years (including the only substantial study to date of Skelton's translation of the Bibliotheca Historica of Diodorus Siculus), and the first to trace the roots of his poetic theory to his practice as a writer and translator. It demonstrates that much of what has been found challenging in his work may be attributed to his attempt to reconcile existing views of the poet's role in society with discoveries about the writing process itself. The result is a highly idiosyncratic poetics that locates the poet's authority decisively ... More

Keywords: John Skelton, poetic theory, writing process, liberty to speak, fifteenth century, sixteenth century, literary canon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199273607
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273607.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Griffiths, author
Fellow in English, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford
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