The Cloud of Unknowing Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Bancroft, Anne. “The Cloud of Unknowing.” In The Luminous Vision: Six Medieval Mystics and Their Teachings, pp. 162–86. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1982.

Bullett, Gerald. “Comments and Conclusions.” In The English Mystics, pp.14–29. London:ichael Joseph, 1950.

Asserts that The Cloud of Unknowing emphasizes the importance of humility and charity, at the same time warning against self-conscious pietism and sanctimoniousness.

Burrow, J. A. “Fantasy and Language in The Cloud of Unknowing.Essays in Criticism 27 (1977): 283-98.

Linguistic study of the text.

Ellis, Roger. “Author(s), Compilers, Scribes, and Bible Texts: Did the Cloud-Author Translate the Twelve Patriarchs?” In The Medieval Mystical Tradition in England: Papers Read at the 5th Exeter Symposium, edited by Marion Glasscoe, pp. 193-221. Cambridge, England: D. S. Brewer, 1992.

Considers the question of whether the Cloud-author translated apocryphal books of the Bible.

Emery, Kent Jr. “The Cloud of Unknowing and Mystica Theologia.” In The Roots of the Modern Christian Tradition, edited by E. Rozanne Elder, pp. 46-70. Kalamazoo, Mich.: Cistercian Publishing, 1984.

Examines theological aspects of The Cloud of Unknowing and contrasts them with the teachings found in Dionysus the Areopagite's work.

Hodgson, Phyllis. “Walter Hilton and the Cloud of Unknowing.Modern Language Review 50 (October 1955): 395-406.

Philological study that rejects arguments supporting Hilton's authorship of The Cloud of Unknowing.

McCann, Justin. Introduction to The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Treatises, edited by Justin McCann, pp. vii-xx. 1924. Revised edition. London: Burns Oates, 1952.

Describes certain characteristics of the Cloud-author's work and outlines his teachings.

Minnis, Alistair J. “Affection and Imagination in The Cloud of Unknowing and Hilton's Scale of Perfection.Traditio 39 (1983): 323-66.

Compares and contrasts the treatments of feeling and the imagination offered in the two works.

Riehle, Wolfgang. “The Problem of Walter Hilton's Possible Authorship of The Cloud of Unknowing and Its Related Tracts.” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 77 (1977): 31-44.

Explains why scholars now doubt that Hilton was involved in the writing of The Cloud of Unknowing.

Additional coverage of The Cloud of Unknowing is contained in the following source published by the Gale Group: Reference Guide to English Literature 2 ed.