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The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain, 4 Volume Set

Sian Echard, Robert Rouse, Jacqueline A. Fay (Associate Editor), Helen Fulton (Associate Editor), Geoff Rector (Associate Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-39698-8
2168 pages
August 2017, Wiley-Blackwell
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Bringing together scholarship on multilingual and intercultural medieval Britain like never before, The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain comprises over 600 authoritative entries spanning key figures, contexts and influences in the literatures of Britain from the fifth to the sixteenth centuries.

  • A uniquely multilingual and intercultural approach reflecting the latest scholarship, covering the entire medieval period and the full tapestry of literary languages
  • comprises over 600 authoritative yet accessible entries on key figures, texts, critical debates, methodologies, cultural and isitroical contexts, and related terminology
  • Represents all the literatures of the British Isles including Old and Middle English, Early Scots, Anglo-Norman, the Norse, Latin and French of Britain, and the Celtic Literatures of Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Cornwall
  • Boasts an impressive chronological scope, covering the period from the Saxon invasions to the fifth century to the transition to the Early Modern Period in the sixteenth
  • Covers the material remains of Medieval British literature, including manuscripts and early prints, literary sites and contexts of production, performance and reception as well as highlighting narrative transformations and intertextual links during the period
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Table of Contents

Volume I

Alphabetical List of Entries

Thematic List of Entries

Associate Editors

List of Contributors



Medieval Literature in Britain

Volume II

Medieval Literature in Britain

Volume III

Medieval Literature in Britain

Volume IV

Medieval Literature in Britain


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Author Information

Siân Echard is Professor of English and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include Anglo-Latin literature, Arthurian literature, John Gower, and manuscript studies and book history. Her publications include A Companion to Gower (edited, 2004), Printing the Middle Ages (2008) and The Arthur of Medieval Latin Literature (edited, 2011).

Robert Rouse is Associate Professor of English at the University of British Columbia. He has published widely on medieval romance, sexuality, Arthurian literature, spatiality, and the post-medieval histories of manuscripts. His publications include The Idea of Anglo-Saxon England in Middle English Romance (2005), The Medieval Quest for Arthur (with Cory Rushton, 2005) and Sexual Culture in the Literature of Medieval Britain (edited, 2014).
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