In Strange Countries: Middle English Literature and Its Afterlife: Essays in Memory of J. J. Anderson (Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture)
By: David Matthews (editor), Anke Bernau (series_editor)Hardback
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These essays by senior scholars in medieval studies celebrate the career of J.J. Anderson, editor, critic, and co-founder of the Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture series, who taught in medieval studies at the University of Manchester for forty years. The essays are rooted in medieval literature but frequently range beyond the confines of the Middle Ages. They reflect the breadth of Anderson's own scholarly interests, especially in drama and Arthurian literature. There is a particular focus on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Pearl, poems which preoccupied him throughout his scholarly life. There are also new reconsiderations of La?amon's Brut, Mirk's Festial, the Passion plays, and the manuscripts of the Pore Caitif. Moving beyond the traditional purview of medieval literature, several contributors trace the afterlives of medieval themes in later literature. These essays include a consideration of the twinned trajectories of the medieval heroes Robin Hood and King Arthur from medieval literature to modern television, a comparison of La?amon's Brut and Tennyson's Idylls of the King, and a recreation of the Bishop Blase procession which took place in industrial Bradford.
Contributors are Rosamund Allen, Ralph Elliott, Alexandra Johnston, Stephen Knight, Peter Meredith, Susan Powell, Gillian Rudd, Alan Shelston, and Kalpen Trivedi.
David Matthews is Lecturer in Medieval Literature and Culture at the University of Manchester
Preface Introduction David Matthews and Anke Bernau 1. Robin Hood versus King Arthur: Stephen Knight 2. The Green Knight's balancing act: Gillian Rudd 3. Recasting a role: Brutus in La?amon's Brut: Carole Weinberg 4. 'Broad spears broke, shields clashed, men fell': How La?amon and Tennyson deal with the problem of combat: Rosamund Allen 5. 'For ho is quene of cortaysye': The assumption of the virgin in Pearl and the Festial: Susan Powell 6. Making yourself 'per present': Nicholas Love and the plays of the passion: Alexandra F. Johnston 7. Reading a procession: Bishop Blase at Bradford: Peter Meredith 8. 'Trewe techyng and false heritikys': Some 'Lollard' manuscripts of the Pore Caitif: Kalpen Trivedi 9. A life's work: John Anderson and the Gawain-poet: Ralph Elliott 10. John Julian Anderson: a memoir: Alan Shelston
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