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The first of its kind for medieval studies. . . . I cannot imagine that a collection of this caliber would not be consulted regularly by those of us who struggle with questions of interpreting and teaching the literature of the Middle Ages.--R. A.MoreThe first of its kind for medieval studies. . . . I cannot imagine that a collection of this caliber would not be consulted regularly by those of us who struggle with questions of interpreting and teaching the literature of the Middle Ages.--R. A. Shoaf, University of FloridaThis is the first wide-ranging exploration of the theories of the 20th-century Russian critic Mikhail Bakhtin, as they apply to medieval literature. It challenges established ways of reading medieval texts and constructs a cross-interrogation between medieval data and Bakhtinian theories.ContentsPart One: Carnival Voices in Medieval TextsPlaying on the Margins: Bakhtin and the Smithfield Decretals, by Andrew TaylorTaking Laughter Seriously: The Comic and Didactic Functions of Helmbrecht, by Lisa R. PerfettiDangerous Dialogues: The Sottie as a Threat to Authority, by Jody L. H. McQuillanPart Two: Multiple Voices in Medieval TextsHeteroglossia and Chaucers Man of Laws Tale, by Robert M. JordanDialogics and Prosody in Chaucer, by Steve GuthrieDialogism, Heteroglossia, and Late Medieval Translation, by Daniel J. PintiMedieval Authorship and the Polyphonic Text: From Manuscript Commentary to the Modern Novel, by Robert S. SturgesPart Three: Dissenting Voices in Dialogue with BakhtinThe Chronotopes of Monology in Chaucers Clerks Tale, by Thomas J. FarrellPopular-Festive Forms and Beliefs in Robert Mannyngs Handlyng Synne, by Nancy Mason BradburyProblems of Bakhtins Epic: Capitalism and the Image of History, by Mark A. ShermanThomas J. Farrell is associate professor and chair of the English Department at Stetson University, DeLand, Florida, where he holds the Kenneth P. Kirchman Chair in the Humanities. He has published articles in ELH, Studies in Philology, Chaucer Review, and other collections and journals.