A Companion to Medieval English Literature and Culture c.1350-c.1500

A Companion to Medieval English Literature and Culture c.1350-c.1500

Editor(s): Peter Brown

Published Online: 26 NOV 2007

Print ISBN: 9780631219736

Online ISBN: 9780470996355

DOI: 10.1002/9780470996355

About this Book

A Companion to Medieval English Literature and Culture, c.1350-c.1500 challenges readers to think beyond a narrowly defined canon and conventional disciplinary boundaries.

A ground-breaking collection of newly-commissioned essays on medieval literature and culture.

  • Encourages students to think beyond a narrowly defined canon and conventional disciplinary boundaries.
  • Reflects the erosion of the traditional, rigid boundary between medieval and early modern literature.
  • Stresses the importance of constructing contexts for reading literature.
  • Explores the extent to which medieval literature is in dialogue with other cultural products, including the literature of other countries, manuscripts and religion.
  • Includes close readings of frequently-studied texts, including texts by Chaucer, Langland, the Gawain poet, and Hoccleve.
  • Confronts some of the controversies that exercise students of medieval literature, such as those connected with literary theory, love, and chivalry and war.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Overviews

  2. Part II: The Production and Reception of Texts

  3. Part III: Language and Literature

  4. Part IV: Encounters with Other Cultures

  5. Part V: Special Themes

  6. Part VI: Genres

  7. Part VII: Readings

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