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The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English

edited by Elaine Treharne and Greg Walker with the assistance of William Green
Format
Book
Published
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Language
English
Variant Title
Medieval literature in English
ISBN
9780199229123 (acid-free paper), 0199229120 (acid-free paper)
Summary
The study of medieval literature has experienced a revolution in the last two decades, which has reinvigorated many parts of the discipline and changed the shape of the subject in relation to the scholarship of the previous generation. 'New' texts (laws and penitentials, women's writing, drama records), innovative fields and objects of study (the history of the book, the study of space and the body, medieval masculinities), and original ways of studying them (the Sociology of the Text, performance studies) have emerged. This has brought fresh vigour and impetus to medieval studies, and impacted significantly on cognate periods and areas. The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English brings together the insights of these new fields and approaches with those of more familiar texts and methods of study, to provide a comprehensive overview of the state of medieval literature today. It also returns to first principles in posing fundamental questions about the nature, scope, and significance of the discipline, and the directions that it might take in the next decade.
Contents
  • Speaking of the medieval / Elaine Treharne
  • Literary production. Books and manuscripts / A.S.G. Edwards ; Textual copying and transmission / Orietta Da Rold ; Professionalization of writing / Simon Horobin ; Writing, authority, and bureaucracy / Nicholas Perkins ; Impact of print : Perceived worth of the printed book in England, 1476-1575 / Elizabeth Evenden
  • Literary consumption. Literature and the cultural elites / Ralph Hanna ; Verse of heroes / Jayne Carroll ; Insular romance / Siân Echard ; A York primer and its alphabet : reading women in a lay household / Nicola Mcdonald ; Performing communities : civic religious drama / John J. McGavin
  • Literature, clerical and lay. Change and continuity : English sermon before 1250 / Bella Millett ; Authorizing female piety / Diane Watt ; Visions and visionaries / Andrew Galloway ; Writing, heresy, and the anticlerical muse / Mishtooni Bose ; Acquiring wisdom : teaching texts and the lore of the people / Daniel Anlezark
  • Literary realities. Yorkshire partisans and the literature of popular discontent / Andrew Prescott ; Gothic turn and twelfth-century English chronicles / Thomas A. Bredehoft ; Anti-social reform : writing rebellion / Stephen Kelly ; Secular medieval drama / Elisabeth Dutton ; Sweit rois- delytsum lyllie : metaphorical and real flowers in medieval verse / Gillian Rudd
  • Complex identities. Authority, constraint, and the writing of the medieval self / Kathryn Kerby-Fulton ; Complex identities : selves and others / Kathy Lavezzo ; Chosen people : spiritual identities / Samantha Zacher ; Individuality / Alcuin Blamires ; Emergent Englishness / Jacqueline Stodnick
  • Literary place, space, and time. Regions and communities / Helen Fulton ; City and the text : London literature / Alison Wiggins ; Reading communities / Wendy Scase ; Scottish writing / Elizabeth Elliot ; Places of the imagination : Gawain-poet / Thorlac Turville-Petre
  • Literary journeys. Pilgrimages, travel writing, and the medieval exotic / Jeffrey Jerome Cohen ; Britain : ordinary myths and the stories of peoples / Anke Bernau ; Maps and margins : other lands, other peoples / Alfred Hiatt ; Monsters and the exotic in medieval England / Asa Simon Mittman and Susan M. Kim ; Spiritual quest and social space : texts of hard travel for God on Earth and in the heart / Mary Baine Campbell
  • Epilogue. When did "the medieval" end : retrospection, foresight, and the end(s) of the English Middle Ages / Greg Walker.
Description
xiii, 774 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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