Elves on the Brain: Chaucer, Old English, and elvish

  title={Elves on the Brain: Chaucer, Old English, and elvish},
  author={Alaric Hall},
  • A. Hall
  • Published 23 January 2006
  • Linguistics
Abstract: Because Chaucer, through the mouthpiece of Harry Bailey, described himself as elvish in line 703 of the prologue to The Tale of Sir Thopas, the precise meanings of the Middle English word elvish have attracted a fair amount of commentary. Besides a reassessment of previous work by J. A. Burrow in 1995, the word has recently enjoyed a thorough consideration by Richard Firth Green. Green emphasised that to understand the reference in the prologue to Sir Thopas, we must also consider… 

Wicked Dreams, Teary Eyes, and Salty Noses: Elvish Pathologies and Folkloric Exorcisms from Medieval Germanic Europe

  • Karel Fraaije
  • Linguistics
    Incantatio. An International Journal on Charms, Charmers and Charming
  • 2019
: Medieval sources preserve a significant number of verbal remedies against elves and comparable beings. Similarly, a substantial number of manu scripts include references to pathologies named after

Kinesis in Literature and the Cognitive Dynamic of Gestures in Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Cervantes

Literature activates and often challenges our cognitive faculties. A desire to better understand its impact goes with an enhanced attention to the potentials of our embodied minds, and the ways in