A Companion To Medieval English Literature And Culture by Peter Brown

By Peter Brown

A better half to Medieval English Literature and tradition, c.1350-c.1500 demanding situations readers to imagine past a narrowly outlined canon and standard disciplinary limitations.

A ground-breaking choice of newly-commissioned essays on medieval literature and culture.

  • Encourages scholars to imagine past a narrowly outlined canon and traditional disciplinary boundaries.
  • Reflects the erosion of the conventional, inflexible boundary among medieval and early smooth literature.
  • Stresses the significance of making contexts for analyzing literature.
  • Explores the level to which medieval literature is in discussion with different cultural items, together with the literature of alternative international locations, manuscripts and religion.
  • Includes shut readings of frequently-studied texts, together with texts through Chaucer, Langland, the Gawain poet, and Hoccleve.
  • Confronts many of the controversies that workout scholars of medieval literature, similar to these hooked up with literary thought, love, and chivalry and war.

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The Wars of the Roses, Caxton and Malory – subjects that loom large in traditional accounts of the period – play a negligible role in this volume. Rather, the essayists direct our attention to the smaller, local dramas that occupied many and various segments of the population. (Hanawalt and Wallace 1996: x) Indeed, although the majority of the contributors to Bodies and Disciplines are affiliated with programmes in English literary studies, the essays focus primarily on facets of local, institutional and corporeal history.

Studies in the Harley Manuscript. : Medieval Institute Publications for TEAMS. Sixteen essays that examine the scribes, contents, social contexts and languages of MS Harley 2253. Green, Richard Firth 1999. A Crisis of Truth: Literature and Law in Ricardian England. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. A history of the use of the word trouthe in literary and legal documents as it reflects the transition from oral to written culture. ) 2000. Robin Hood in Popular Culture. Cambridge: Brewer.

In this perspective, works of medieval literature come to be seen as social interventions in which the power relations of their time are reinforced or challenged. Literary critics thus ask whether any particular piece of imaginative literature buttresses the contemporary social hierarchy through its reproduction of the dominant ideology of the day, or whether it provides a dissident or questioning voice which challenges orthodox views about class, status and gender inequalities (Rigby 1996). This approach to literature has much to recommend it but one problem is that medieval historians themselves are by no means agreed among themselves as to the nature of English society in the later Middle Ages.

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