This crucial heart English textbook, now in its 3rd version, introduces scholars to the big variety of literature written in England among 1150 and 1400.

New, completely revised version of this crucial heart English textbook.
Introduces the language of the time, giving advice on pronunciation, spelling, grammar, metre, vocabulary and local dialects.
Now contains extracts from ‘Pearl’ and Chaucer’s ‘Troilus and Criseyde’.
Bibliographic references were up-to-date throughout.
Each textual content is followed via distinct notes.

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A Book of Middle English (3rd Edition)

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This feeling of alienation, in which the malevolent person feels as if he lives in a different world from the targets of his rage, starts long before the first acts of cruelty. Some might want to claim that this magical thinking which underlies horrific acts reflects a madness that is not characteristic of the human species in general. I suggest, quite to the contrary, that magical thinking is utterly human. Through conceptual and referential processes mediated by conventionalised iconographic images of the sort examined herein, the human being can (and does), strategically and systematically, accomplish semantic transformations that seem absolutely magical.

Sketched in Figure 2 are the relevant conceptual relations and correspondences from the Great Chain iconography involved in Hitler’s characterisation of the Jews as “parasites”. As with “black” in Figure 1, the target domain here is Nazi Germany, and the Jews are the specific targeted referent in the iconographic structure. The source domain in this case is the Great Chain of Being, which brings into Hitler’s iconographic picture of the Jews a completely different hierarchical set of understandings from that contributed by the light/colour spectrum iconography.

11 4. The Language of Oppression Oppression involves strategic creation and manipulation of resources to establish and maintain an artificial imbalance of power within a particular social formation. Language contributes to the problem of oppression whenever it is used to define situations in ways that ‘justify’ inhumane behaviour. Through the analysis presented in this paper, we will see that iconographic reference is a key resource in the language of oppression. In The Language of Oppression, Haig Bosmajian demonstrates clearly and powerfully that language becomes a powerful weapon in the arsenal of an oppressor.

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