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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Literature 1100–1500

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Literature 1100–1500

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Larry Scanlon, Wendy Scase, Richard Firth Green, Richard Newhauser, Christine Chism, Steven F. Kruger, Sarah Beckwith, Ardis Butterfield, Rita Copeland, Ralph Hanna, Sarah Stanbury, Diane Watt, Larry Scanlon, Lynn Staley, Ethan Knapp, James Simpson, Rebecca Krug, David Wallace, Sally Mapstone
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  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521602587

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  • The medieval period was one of extraordinary literary achievement sustained over centuries of great change, anchored by the Norman invasion and its aftermath, the re-emergence of English as the nation's leading literary language in the fourteenth century and the advent of print in the fifteenth. This Companion spans four full centuries to survey this most formative and turbulent era in the history of literature in English. Exploring the period's key authors - Chaucer, Langland, the Gawain-Poet, Margery Kempe, among many - and genres - plays, romances, poems and epics - the book offers an overview of the riches of medieval writing. The essays map out the flourishing field of medieval literary studies and point towards new directions and approaches. Designed to be accessible to students, the book also features a chronology and guide to further reading.

    • A handy overview for students beginning to study medieval literature
    • Includes a guide to further reading and chronology
    • Includes detailed discussion of key authors, including Chaucer, Langland, Kemp, Malory and Gower
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    'Scanlon's Companion brings together an impressive cast of contributors and provides its reader with an authoritative and accessible guide to the study of Middle English literature today.' De Gruyter

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    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521602587
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology
    Introduction Larry Scanlon
    Part I. Contexts, Genres, and Traditions:
    1. Re-inventing English: Middle English language and its literature Wendy Scase
    2. Textual production and textual communities Richard Firth Green
    3. Religious writing: hagiography, pastoralia, devotional and contemplative works Richard Newhauser
    4. Romance Christine Chism
    5. Dialogue, debate, and dream vision Steven F. Kruger
    6. Drama Sarah Beckwith
    7. Lyric Ardis Butterfield
    8. Lollard writings Rita Copeland
    Part II. Authors:
    9. William Langland Ralph Hanna
    10. The Gawain-Poet Sarah Stanbury
    11. John Gower Diane Watt
    12. Geoffrey Chaucer Larry Scanlon
    13. Julian of Norwich Lynn Staley
    14. Thomas Hoccleve Ethan Knapp
    15. John Lydgate James Simpson
    16. Margery Kempe Rebecca Krug
    17. Sir Thomas Malory David Wallace
    18. Robert Henryson Sally Mapstone
    Guide to further reading.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Age of Chaucer
    • Arthurian Literature
    • British Literature
    • British Writers I
    • Early English Literature
    • English Lit: Medieval Period
    • Inquiry into the Medieval World
    • Literature in English 1350-1500
    • Middle English Literature
    • Piers Plowman and Late 14 Century Literature
    • Studies in Medieval Literature
    • Texts and Contexts
    • The Age of Chaucer
    • The Romance
    • World Literature ll
  • Editor

    Larry Scanlon, Rutgers University, New Jersey
    Larry Scanlon is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University, New Jersey.

    Contributors

    Larry Scanlon, Wendy Scase, Richard Firth Green, Richard Newhauser, Christine Chism, Steven F. Kruger, Sarah Beckwith, Ardis Butterfield, Rita Copeland, Ralph Hanna, Sarah Stanbury, Diane Watt, Larry Scanlon, Lynn Staley, Ethan Knapp, James Simpson, Rebecca Krug, David Wallace, Sally Mapstone

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