A Companion to Medieval Poetry (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

A Companion to Medieval Poetry (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

By: Corinne Saunders (editor)Hardback

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A Companion to Medieval Poetry presents a series oforiginal essays from leading literary scholars that explore Englishpoetry from the Anglo-Saxon period up to the15 th century. * Organised into three parts to echo the chronological andstylistic divisions between the Anglo-Saxon, Middle English andPost-Chaucerian periods, each section is introduced with contextualessays, providing a valuable introduction to the society andculture of the time * Combines a general discussion of genres of medieval poetry,with specific consideration of texts and authors, includingBeowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Chaucer,Gower and Langland * Features original essays by eminent scholars, including AndyOrchard, Carl Schmidt, Douglas Gray, and BarryWindeatt, who present a range of theoretical,historical, and cultural approaches to reading medieval poetry, aswell as offering close analysis of individual texts andtraditions

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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.

Notes on Contributors.


Introduction (Corinne Saunders).

Part I Old English Poetry.


1 The World of Anglo-Saxon England (Andy Orchard).

2 The Old English Language and the Alliterative Tradition(Richard Dance).

3 Old English Manuscripts and Readers (RohiniJayatilaka).

4 Old English and Latin Poetic Traditions (AndyOrchard).

Genres and Modes.

5 Germanic Legend and Old English Heroic Poetry (HughMagennis).

6 Old English Biblical and Devotional Poetry (DanielAnlezark).

7 Old English Wisdom Poetry (David Ashurst).

8 Old English Epic Poetry: Beowulf (DanielAnlezark).

Part II Middle English Poetry.


9 The World of Medieval England: From the Norman Conquest to theFourteenth Century (Conor McCarthy).

10 Middle English Language and Poetry (SimonHorobin).

11 Middle English Manuscripts and Readers (RalphHanna).

Genres and Modes.

12 Legendary History and Chronicle: La3amon s Brutand the Chronicle Tradition (Lucy Perry).

13 Medieval Debate-Poetry and The Owl and theNightingale (Neil Cartlidge).

14 Lyrics, Sacred and Secular (David Fuller).

15 Macaronic Poetry (Elizabeth Archibald).

16 Popular Romance (Nancy Mason Bradbury).

17 Arthurian and Courtly Romance (Rosalind Field).

18 Alliterative Poetry: Religion and Morality (JohnScattergood).

19 Alliterative Poetry and Politics (JohnScattergood).

Poets and Poems.

20 The Poet of Pearl, Cleanness andPatience (A. V. C. Schmidt).

21 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (TonyDavenport).

22 Langland's Piers Plowman (Lawrence Warner).

23 Chaucer's Love Visions (Helen Phillips).

24 Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde (AlcuinBlamires).

25 Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales (CorinneSaunders).

26 The Poetry of John Gower (R. F. Yeager).

Part III Post-Chaucerian and Fifteenth-CenturyPoetry.


27 England in the Long Fifteenth Century (MatthewWoodcock).

28 Poetic Language in the Fifteenth Century (A. S. G.Edwards).

29 Manuscript and Print: Books, Readers and Writers (JuliaBoffey).

Poets and Poems.

30 Hoccleve and Lydgate (Daniel Wakelin).

31 Women and Writing (C. Annette Grise).

32 Medieval Scottish Poetry (Douglas Gray).

33 Courtiers and Courtly Poetry (Barry Windeatt).

34 Drama: Sacred and Secular (Pamela King).

Epilogue: Afterlives of Medieval English Poetry (CorinneSaunders).


Product Details

  • publication date: 19/03/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781405159630
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 704
  • ID: 9781405159630
  • weight: 1358
  • ISBN10: 1405159634

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