By Peter Brown

A better half to Medieval English Literature and tradition, c.1350-c.1500 demanding situations readers to imagine past a narrowly outlined canon and traditional disciplinary limitations.

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

  • Encourages scholars to imagine past a narrowly outlined canon and traditional disciplinary boundaries.
  • Reflects the erosion of the normal, inflexible boundary among medieval and early sleek literature.
  • Stresses the significance of creating contexts for analyzing literature.
  • Explores the level to which medieval literature is in discussion with different cultural items, together with the literature of different international locations, manuscripts and religion.
  • Includes shut readings of frequently-studied texts, together with texts by way of Chaucer, Langland, the Gawain poet, and Hoccleve.
  • Confronts the various controversies that workout scholars of medieval literature, comparable to these attached with literary concept, love, and chivalry and war.

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In The Interpretation of Cultures (New York: Basic Books, 1973), pp. 412–53. 1580 (New Haven, Yale University Press, 1992); Margaret Aston, Lollards and Reformers: Images and Literacy in Late Medieval Religion (London: Hambledon Press, 1984); Anne Hudson, Lollards and Their Books (London: Hambledon 23 Press, 1985); and Carolyn Walker Bynum, Jesus as Mother: Studies in the Spirituality of the High Middle Ages (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982) and her Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Ritual Significance of Food to Medieval Women (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1987).

6 Had this unique manuscript not survived, scholars might reasonably surmise Critical Approaches 15 that few lyrics on subjects other than religion were composed in Middle English prior to Chaucer. G. L. Brook’s edition of The Harley Lyrics (1948; 3rd edn 1964) clusters the more famous poems into a manageable volume, but by isolating the lyrics from their manuscript context, Brook obscured the fact that ‘In manuscript the English poems are not gathered in one place: they appear intermittently across seventy pages, and mixed in with them are forty-odd items’ (Fein 2000: 5).

Signifying God: Social Relation and Symbolic Act in the York Corpus Christi Plays. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. An exploration of the spiritual and the political as figured in eucharistic symbolism. Cannon, Christopher 1998. The Making of Chaucer’s English: A Study of Words. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. A history of Chaucer’s vocabulary, focusing on his adoption of new words and the provenance of those words. Chism, Christine 2002. Alliterative Revivals. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

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