Holland, Richard (Buke of the Howlat)

van Heijnsbergen, T. (2017) Holland, Richard (Buke of the Howlat). In: Echard, S. and Rouse, R. (eds.) The Encyclopaedia of Medieval Literature in Britain. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 9781118396988 (doi: 10.1002/9781118396957.wbemlb582)

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Richard Holland's Buke of the Howlat (c. 1450) is a late medieval Scottish alliterative bird-fable in verse, ostensibly dealing with relations between rulers and subjects, kings and nobles. More recent research has highlighted its intrinsic literary merits as an intricate and ambitious contribution to a post-Chaucerian poetics which explores the potential of writing in Scots to investigate how family history and writing for patronage can provide a platform for exploring moral and political questions as well as for a poem probing its own literary identity.

Item Type:Book Sections (Encyclopaedia entry)
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Van Heijnsbergen, Dr Theo
Authors: van Heijnsbergen, T.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > Scottish Literature
Publisher:Wiley Blackwell

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