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The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism

The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism

Volume 2. The Middle Ages

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Part of The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism

Alastair Minnis, Ian Johnson, Martin Irvine, David Thomson, J. J. Murphy, Ronald G. Witt, Siegfried Wenzel, Winthrop Wetherbee, Vincent Gillespie, Glending Olson, Patrick Sims-Williams, Erich Poppe, Ananya Jahanara Kabir, John Flood, Marged Haycock, Margaret Clunies Ross, Ralph Hanna, Tony Hunt, Nigel Palmer, Ronald Keightley, Kevin Brownlee, James Simpson, Simon Gaunt, John Marshall, Julian Weiss, Gruffydd Aled Williams, Zygmunt G. Baranski, Steven Botterill, Martin McLaughlin, David Robey, Thomas Conley
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  • Date Published: July 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521300070

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  • In addition to the main traditions in Medieval Latin and Byzantine Greek, this comprehensive introduction to the literary theory and criticism produced during the Middle Ages covers all major European vernaculars, ranging from Irish to Old Norse, from Occitan to Middle High German and Italian. Special attention is given to the contribution of Dante Alighieri and his commentators, along with the debates on the relative merits of Latin and the Italian vernacular, and the literary attitudes of the early humanists.

    • The first ever full-scale history of medieval literary theory and criticism
    • Covers all of medieval Western European literatures and a wide range of subjects and languages
    • Includes essays by 30 well-respected scholars from a range of fields and disciplines
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    "...monumental book, written and masterfullyedited by eminent specialists, marks an important innovation in the panorama of medieval studies in the English language."
    Francesco Stella, Bryn Mawr Medieval Review

    "It is a monument, intellectually as well as physically. The editors have assembled an exceedingly impressive group of contributors … this is a technical, densely argued and highly specialized volume … an impressive accomplishment, a book that all medievalists should have and use regularly."
    Norris J. Lacy, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching

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    • Date Published: July 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521300070
    • length: 882 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 160 x 50 mm
    • weight: 1.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Alastair Minnis and Ian Johnson
    Part I. The Liberal Arts and the Arts of Latin Textuality:
    1. Grammatica and literary theory Martin Irvine with David Thomson
    2. The arts of poetry and prose J. J. Murphy
    3. The arts of letter writing Ronald G. Witt
    4. The arts of preaching Siegfried Wenzel
    Part II. The Study of Classical Authors:
    5. From late antiquity until the twelfth century Winthrop Wetherbee
    6. From the twelfth century until c.1500 Vincent Gillespie
    Part III. Textual Psychologies: Imagination, Memory, Pleasure:
    7. Literary imagination and memory Alastair Minnis
    8. The profits of pleasure Glending Olson
    Part IV. Vernacular Critical Traditions: The Early Middle Ages:
    9. Medieval Irish literary theory and criticism Patrick Sims-Williams and Erich Poppe
    10. Anglo-Saxon textual attitudes Ananya Jahanara Kabir
    11. Literary theory and practice in early medieval Germany John Flood
    12. Literary criticism in Welsh before c.1300 Marged Haycock
    13. Criticism and literary theory in Old Norse-Icelandic Margaret Clunies Ross
    Part V. Vernacular Critical Traditions: The Late Middle Ages:
    14. Latin commentary tradition and vernacular literature Alastair Minnis, Ralph Hanna, Tony Hunt, Nigel Palmer and Ronald Keightley
    15. Vernacular literary consciousness: English, French, German Kevin Brownlee, Tony Hunt, Ian Johnson, Nigel Palmer and James Simpson
    16. Occitan grammars and the art of Troubadour poetry Simon Gaunt and John Marshall
    17. Literary theory and polemic in Castile, c.1200–c.1500 Julian Weiss
    18. Literary criticism in Middle High German literature Nigel Palmer
    19. Later literary criticism in Wales Gruffydd Aled Williams
    Part VI. Latin and Vernacular in Italian Literary Theory:
    20. Dante Alighieri: experimentation and (self-)exegesis Zygmunt G. Baranski
    21. The Epistle to Can Grande Zygmunt G. Baranski
    22. The Trecento commentaries on Dante's Commedia Steven Botterill
    23. Latin and vernacular from Dante to the age of Lorenzo (1321–c. 1500) Martin McLaughlin
    24. Humanist views on the study of Italian poetry in the early Italian Renaissance David Robey
    25. Humanist criticism of Latin and vernacular prose Martin McLaughlin
    Part VII. Byzantine Literary Theory and Criticism:
    26. Byzantine literary criticism and the uses of literature Thomas Conley
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Editors

    Alastair Minnis, Yale University, Connecticut

    Ian Johnson, University of St Andrews, Scotland

    Contributors

    Alastair Minnis, Ian Johnson, Martin Irvine, David Thomson, J. J. Murphy, Ronald G. Witt, Siegfried Wenzel, Winthrop Wetherbee, Vincent Gillespie, Glending Olson, Patrick Sims-Williams, Erich Poppe, Ananya Jahanara Kabir, John Flood, Marged Haycock, Margaret Clunies Ross, Ralph Hanna, Tony Hunt, Nigel Palmer, Ronald Keightley, Kevin Brownlee, James Simpson, Simon Gaunt, John Marshall, Julian Weiss, Gruffydd Aled Williams, Zygmunt G. Baranski, Steven Botterill, Martin McLaughlin, David Robey, Thomas Conley

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