Poetics of the Incarnation: Middle English Writing and the Leap of Love

By Cristina Maria Cervone ’87. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013. An exploration of the 14th-century phenomenon of writers employing poetical and rhetorical forms in engaging with the intellectual question of the Incarnation. The author argues that this form of exploration also allowed writers to explore the philosophical implications of language at a critical time for Middle English, particularly in terms of the language’s theological usage.