The Cambridge companion to medieval English literature, 1100-1500 /

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Scanlon, Larry.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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This collection introduces the literature in English produced during the four centuries between the Norman Conquest and the invention of the printing press. An introduction by Scanlon (Rutgers Univ.) traces the main historical and literary events of the period and gives an overview of the volume's contents. The essays are grouped into two sections: "Contexts, Genres, and Traditions" and "Authors." The first covers such topics as textual production, language development, popular genres, and Lollardy and the second, the major authors of the era, including Langland, the Gawain poet, Chaucer, Margery Kempe, and Thomas Malory. A "Guide to Further Reading" provides topically grouped bibliographic entries to direct students toward further, more focused, study. Most of the contributors are well-established scholars in the specific subjects and authors, all familiar to scholars of medieval English literature. Although the need for another introductory volume of this sort is not readily apparent from the book's contents, like other introductory medieval volumes of this ilk--such as A Companion to Medieval English Literature and Culture, c.1350-c.1500,, ed. by Peter Brown (CH, Oct'07, 45-0713)--this solid collection provides material of interest to less experienced readers in particular. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates. C. S. Cox University of Pittsburgh

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