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David Wallace, Seth Lerer, Susan Crane, Thomas Hahn, Lesley Johnson, Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Christopher Baswell, Rosalind Field, Brynley F. Roberts, Terence Dolan, R. James Goldstein, Andrew Galloway, Sheila Lindenbaum, Christopher Cannon, John V. Fleming, Marjorie Curry Woods, Rita Copeland, Richard Firth Green, David Aers, David Lawton, Ralph Hanna, Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, Nicholas Watson, Glending Olson, Winthrop Wetherbee, Julia Boffey, Paul Strohm, Steven Justice, Helen Cooper, Lawrence M. Clopper, John Watkins, Colin Burrow, Brian Cummings
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  • Date Published: January 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521444200

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  • This was the first full-scale history of medieval English literature for nearly a century. Thirty-three distinguished contributors offer a collaborative account of literature composed or transmitted in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland between the Norman conquest and the death of Henry VIII in 1547. The volume has five sections: 'After the Norman Conquest'; 'Writing in the British Isles'; 'Institutional Productions'; 'After the Black Death' and 'Before the Reformation'. It provides information on a vast range of literary texts and the conditions of their production and reception, which will serve both specialists and general readers, and also contains a chronology, full bibliography and a detailed index. This book offers an extensive and vibrant account of the medieval literatures so drastically reconfigured in Tudor England. It will thus prove essential reading for scholars of the Renaissance as well as medievalists, and for historians as well as literary specialists.

    • The fullest and most vibrant account available of English medieval literature, now in paperback
    • Brings together contributions from thirty-three distinguished scholars
    • Includes chronology, bibliography and index
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    Awards

    • Winner of the Library Association Wheatley Medal for Outstanding Index

    Reviews & endorsements

    'Unlike many previous literary histories, this will be read … David Wallace's history is the work of many gifted contributors, a consummate editor, and a publishing house investing its resources as only a great press can.' James Simpson

    ' … many of the contributors, have taken their opportunity to reorganise areas of the literacy of the British Isles with great originality and learning … a striking modernist project'. The Times Literary Supplement

    'The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature provides a formidable set of tools for the critic of medieval literature … The unobtrusive editorial presence that allows chapters with widely diverging approaches is a useful and mature reflection of the accommodation of plurality required for an intelligent reading of medieval literature … This is a scholarly and erudite publication.' The Times

    'Not only a veritably new history of medieval English literature but also an exemplary instance of literary history in the age of post-modernity.' Yasunari Takada, The University of Tokyo, Komaba

    'The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature is an excellent and long overdue reassessment, which completes a paradigm shift in the study of English medieval literature. It synthesises and responds to developments in the field over the last twenty years, and forges them into a coherent whole. A pioneering work in the field of medieval studies, it is also a fascinating and highly rewarding reading experience, that should be shared by everyone in the discipline.' Jörg Fichte, Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Tübingen

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521444200
    • length: 1066 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 160 x 57 mm
    • weight: 1.535kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    General introduction David Wallace
    Part I. After the Norman Conquest: Introduction David Wallace
    1. Old English and its afterlife Seth Lerer
    2. Anglo-Norman cultures in England,1066–1460 Susan Crane
    3. Early Middle English Thomas Hahn
    4. National, world, and women's history writers and readers in post-Conquest England Lesley Johnson and Jocelyn Wogan-Browne
    5. Latinitas Christopher Baswell
    6. Romance in England 1066–1400 Rosalind Field
    Part II. Writing in the British Isles: Introduction David Wallace
    7. Writing in Wales Brynley F. Roberts
    8. Writing in Ireland Terence Dolan
    9. Writing in Scotland R. James Goldstein
    10. Writing history in England Andrew Galloway
    11. London texts and literate practice Sheila Lindenbaum
    Part III. Institutional Productions: Introduction David Wallace
    12. Monastic productions Christopher Cannon
    13. The friars and medieval English literature John V. Fleming
    14. Classroom and confession Marjorie Curry Woods and Rita Copeland
    15. Literature and the law Richard Firth Green
    16. 'Vox Populi' and the literature of 1381 David Aers
    17. Englishing the Bible 1066–1549 David Lawton
    Part IV. After the Black Death: Introduction David Wallace
    18. Alliterative poetry Ralph Hanna
    19. Piers Plowman Kathryn Kerby-Fulton
    20. The Middle English mystics Nicholas Watson
    21. Geoffrey Chaucer Glending Olson
    22. John Gower Winthrop Wetherbee
    23. Middle English lives Julia Boffey
    Part V. Before the Reformation: Introduction David Wallace
    24. Hoccleve, Lydgate, and the Lancastrian Court Paul Strohm
    25. Lollardy Steven Justice
    26. Romance after 1400 Helen Cooper
    27. William Caxton Seth Lerer
    28. English drama from Ungodly Ludi to Sacred Play Lawrence M. Clopper
    29. The allegorical theatre: moralities, interludes, and Protestant drama John Watkins
    30. Literature and politics in the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII Colin Burrow
    31. Reformed literature and literature reformed Brian Cummings
    Chronologies
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Editor

    David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania
    David Wallace is the Judith Rodin Professor of English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. His books include Chaucerian Polity: Absolutist Lineages and Associational Forms in England and Italy (1997); Giovanni Boccaccio, Decameron (1991); Chaucer and the early writings of Boccaccio (1985); Bodies and Disciplines: Intersections of Literature and History in Fifteenth-Century England (ed. with Barbara A Hanawalt).

    Contributors

    David Wallace, Seth Lerer, Susan Crane, Thomas Hahn, Lesley Johnson, Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Christopher Baswell, Rosalind Field, Brynley F. Roberts, Terence Dolan, R. James Goldstein, Andrew Galloway, Sheila Lindenbaum, Christopher Cannon, John V. Fleming, Marjorie Curry Woods, Rita Copeland, Richard Firth Green, David Aers, David Lawton, Ralph Hanna, Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, Nicholas Watson, Glending Olson, Winthrop Wetherbee, Julia Boffey, Paul Strohm, Steven Justice, Helen Cooper, Lawrence M. Clopper, John Watkins, Colin Burrow, Brian Cummings

    Awards

    • Winner of the Library Association Wheatley Medal for Outstanding Index

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