Carding with Covetousness in Piers Plowman. / Bennett, Alastair.

In: Notes and Queries, Vol. 65, No. 1, 01.03.2018, p. 5-8.

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title = "Carding with Covetousness in Piers Plowman",
abstract = "In the third vision of Piers Plowman, Dame Study compares the commodification of knowledge by friars and minstrels to wool carding: {\textquoteleft}Wisdom and wit now is noȝt wor{\th} a kerse,/ But if it be carded wi{\th} coueitise as clo{\th}eres kemben hire wolle{\textquoteright} (B.10.17-18). Recent editions of the poem explain these lines as a reference to the process of carding raw wool in preparation for spinning. This note, however, argues that preparatory carding is an incongruous metaphor for the commodification of knowledge, and argues that Study{\textquoteright}s simile refers instead to a different stage in the production of woollen cloth, where clothiers would card the finished material to raise a fine {\textquoteleft}nap{\textquoteright} of soft fibres on the surface.",
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