This volume spans five centuries of post-Conquest literature, written at a time in which enormous social, political and linguistic changes transformed life in Britain. Medieval genres such as Arthurian romance, lyrics, dream narratives and mystery plays are brought to life and accompanied by discussions of key debates such as Â Gender and PowerÂ , Â The Emergent IndividualÂ and Â Society and ClassÂ . Bringing together historical contexts and critical theory, this is essential reading for any student of medieval literature.
Dr Carole Maddern has been a lecturer at Goldsmiths College, University of London, since 1994. She is currently convenor of Old English and Deputy Chair of the External Degree English Programme. She has extensive experience at teaching in many University of London colleges. She lectures on both Old English and Later Medieval literature and has written several guides for students for the University of London. She has also published with the London Medieval Society, which she helped to run for seven years. She has delivered many conference papers at national and international gatherings. Her main research interests are Medieval romance, women in Medieval literature, Medieval drama, and gender studies. She has a monograph entitled Â The Figure of the Travelling Woman in Medieval English RomanceÂ which is being prepared for publication.
Part One Â Introduction Part Two Â A Cultural Overview Part Three - Texts, Writers and Contexts Fantasy and Fairy: the Breton Lay Extended Commentary: Sir Orfeo Short and (Bitter) Sweet: Medieval LyricsExtended Commentary: When the nyhtegale singes, the wodes waxen grene The Many Faces of Arthurian Romance Extended Commentary: Geoffrey Chaucer, Â The Wife of BathÂ s TaleÂ Dream and Vision: A Space OdysseyExtended Commentary: William Langland, Piers Plowman, Passus 18 Acting Up: Medieval Drama Extended Commentary: The York Â Play of the CrucifixionÂ Chapter Eight: Mystical Love and Devotion Extended Commentary: Nicholas Love, The Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ Part Four - Critical Theories and Debates The Emergent Individual Gender and Power Fun and Games Society and Class Part Five Â References and Resources Timelines Further reading Index