Companion to Medieval Poetry presents a series of original essays from leading literary scholars that explore English poetry from the Anglo-Saxon period up to the 15
Organised into three parts to echo the chronological and stylistic divisions between the Anglo-Saxon, Middle English and Post-Chaucerian periods, each section is introduced with contextual essays, providing a valuable introduction to the society and culture of the timeCombines a general discussion of genres of medieval poetry, with specific consideration of texts and authors, including Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Chaucer, Gower and LanglandFeatures original essays by eminent scholars, including Andy Orchard, Carl Schmidt, Douglas Gray, and Barry Windeatt, who present a range of theoretical, historical, and cultural approaches to reading medieval poetry, as well as offering close analysis of individual texts and traditions
Corinne Saunders is Professor in the Department of English Studies and Director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Durham. A specialist in medieval literature and the history of ideas, her recent publications include Rape and Ravishment in the Literature of Medieval England (2001), A Companion to Romance (Wiley-Blackwell, 2004), Madness and Creativity in Literature and Culture (co-edited with Jane Macnaughton, 2005), Pearl (co-edited with David Fuller, 2005), A Concise Companion to Chaucer (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006), The Body and the Arts (co-edited with Ulrika Maude and Jane Macnaughton, 2009), and Magic and the Supernatural in Medieval English Romance (2010). She is the English editor of the international journal of Medieval Studies, Medium AEvum.
List of Figures x Notes on Contributors xi Acknowledgements xvi Introduction 1Corinne Saunders Part I Old English Poetry 11 Contexts 13 1 The World of Anglo-Saxon England 15Andy Orchard 2 The Old English Language and the Alliterative Tradition 34Richard Dance 3 Old English Manuscripts and Readers 51Rohini Jayatilaka 4 Old English and Latin Poetic Traditions 65Andy Orchard Genres and Modes 83 5 Germanic Legend and Old English Heroic Poetry 85Hugh Magennis 6 Old English Biblical and Devotional Poetry 101Daniel Anlezark 7 Old English Wisdom Poetry 125David Ashurst 8 Old English Epic Poetry: Beowulf 141Daniel Anlezark Part II Middle English Poetry 161 Contexts 163 9 The World of Medieval England: From the Norman Conquest to the Fourteenth Century 165Conor McCarthy 10 Middle English Language and Poetry 181Simon Horobin 11 Middle English Manuscripts and Readers 196Ralph Hanna Genres and Modes 217 12 Legendary History and Chronicle: La3amon s Brut and the Chronicle Tradition 219Lucy Perry 13 Medieval Debate-Poetry and The Owl and the Nightingale 237Neil Cartlidge 14 Lyrics, Sacred and Secular 258David Fuller 15 Macaronic Poetry 277Elizabeth Archibald 16 Popular Romance 289Nancy Mason Bradbury 17 Arthurian and Courtly Romance 308Rosalind Field 18 Alliterative Poetry: Religion and Morality 329John Scattergood 19 Alliterative Poetry and Politics 349John Scattergood Poets and Poems 367 20 The Poet of Pearl, Cleanness and Patience 369A. V. C. Schmidt 21 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 385Tony Davenport 22 Langland s Piers Plowman 401Lawrence Warner 23 Chaucer s Love Visions 414Helen Phillips 24 Chaucer s Troilus and Criseyde 435Alcuin Blamires 25 Chaucer s The Canterbury Tales 452Corinne Saunders 26 The Poetry of John Gower 476R. F. Yeager Part III Post-Chaucerian and Fifteenth-Century Poetry 497 Contexts 499 27 England in the Long Fifteenth Century 501Matthew Woodcock 28 Poetic Language in the Fifteenth Century 520A. S. G. Edwards 29 Manuscript and Print: Books, Readers and Writers 538Julia Boffey Poets and Poems 555 30 Hoccleve and Lydgate 557Daniel Wakelin 31 Women and Writing 575C. Annette Grise 32 Medieval Scottish Poetry 592Douglas Gray 33 Courtiers and Courtly Poetry 608Barry Windeatt 34 Drama: Sacred and Secular 626Pamela King Epilogue: Afterlives of Medieval English Poetry 647Corinne Saunders Index 661