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Middle English Literature: A Guide to Criticism

Middle English Literature: A Guide to Criticism

Roger Dalrymple (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-75544-0

Apr 2008

288 pages

$46.99

Description

Middle English is a student guide to the most influential critical writing on Middle English literature.

  • A student guide to the most influential critical writing on Middle English literature.
  • Brings together extracts from some of the major authorities in the field.
  • Introduces readers to different critical approaches to key Middle English texts.
  • Treats a wide range of Middle English texts, including The Owl and the Nightingale, The Canterbury Tales and Morte d’Arthur.
  • Organized around key critical concerns, such as authorship, genre, and textual form.
  • Each critical concern can be used as the basis for one week’s work in a semester-long course.
  • Enables readers to forge new connections between different approaches.
Contents Arranged by Middle English Text/Author.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1. Authorship:.

John Lydgate: The Critical Approach: Derek Pearsall (1970).

Literary Theory and Literary Practice: Alastair Minnis.

Authority: Tim William Machan (1994).

2. Textual Form:.

The Hoole Book: Derek Brewer (1963).

Division and Failure in Gower’s Confessio Amantis: Hugh White (1988).

3. Genre:.

Middle English Narrative Genres: Paul Strohm (1980).

The Religious Tradition: Piero Boitani (1982).

4. Language, Style, Rhetoric:.

Early Middle English Narrative Style: A.C. Spearing (1987).

The Language of Service and Household Rhetoric in the Letters of the Paston Women: Diane Watt (1993).

Three Languages: Thorlac Turville-Petre (1996).

5. Allegory:.

Patristic Criticism: The Opposition: E. Talbot Donaldson (1960).

The Poets: Siegfried Wenzel (1967).

Intellectual and Religious Interpretations: Kathryn Hume (1975).

Allegorical Buildings in Medieval Literature: Jill Mann (1994).

6. Literature and History:.

Constructing Social Realities: Helen Barr (2001).

Economics: John Bowers (2001).

7. Gender:.

Sexual Economics: Chaucer’s Wife of Bath and The Book of Margery Kempe: Sheila Delany (1983).

Medieval Medical Views of Women and Female Spirituality in the Ancrene Wisse and Julian of Norwich’s Showings: Elizabeth Robertson (1993).

No Pain, No Gain: Violence as Symbolic Capital in Malory’s Morte Darthur : Laurie A. Finke and Martin B. Schichtman (1998).

8. Identity:.

Characterisation in the Mystery Cycles: A Critical Prologue: David Mills (1983).

‘In Arthurus Day’: Community, Virtue, and Individual Identity in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: David Aers (1988).

Troilus and Criseyde and Subjectivity: Lee Patterson (1991).

Afterword.

Bibliography.

Index


  • A student guide to the most influential critical writing on Middle English literature.

  • Brings together extracts from some of the major authorities in the field.

  • Introduces readers to different critical approaches to key Middle English texts.

  • Treats a wide range of Middle English texts, including The Owl and the Nightingale, The Canterbury Tales and Morte d’Arthur.

  • Organized around key critical concerns, such as authorship, genre, and textual form.

  • Each critical concern can be used as the basis for one week’s work in a semester-long course.

  • Enables readers to forge new connections between different approaches.