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Title: The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Literature 1100-1500
Author: Scanlon, Larry (ed)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2009
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521841672
Volumes: 1; Pages: 314
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The medieval period was one of extraordinary literary achievement sustained over centuries of great change, anchored by the Norman invasion and its aftermath, the re-emergence of English as the nation's leading literary language in the fourteenth century and the advent of print in the fifteenth. This Companion spans four full centuries to survey this most formative and turbulent era in the history of literature in English. Exploring the period's key authors--Chaucer, Langland, the Gawain-Poet, Margery Kempe, among many--and genres--plays, romances, poems and epics--the book offers an overview of the riches of medieval writing. The essays map out the flourishing field of medieval literary studies and point towards new directions and approaches. Designed to be accessible to students, the book also features a chronology and guide to further reading.ContentsChronologyIntroduction Larry ScanlonPart I. Contexts, Genres, and Traditions1. Re-inventing English: Middle English language and its literature Wendy Scase2. Textual production and textual communities Richard Firth Green3. Religious writing: hagiography, pastoralia, devotional and contemplative works Richard Newhauser4. Romance Christine Chism5. Dialogue, debate, and dream vision Steven F. Kruger6. Drama Sarah Beckwith7. Lyric Ardis Butterfield8. Lollard writings Rita CopelandPart II. Authors9. William Langland Ralph Hanna10. The Gawain-Poet Sarah Stanbury11. John Gower Diane Watt12. Geoffrey Chaucer Larry Scanlon13. Julian of Norwich Lynn Staley14. Thomas Hoccleve Ethan Knapp15. John Lydgate James Simpson16. Margery Kempe Rebecca Krug17. Sir Thomas Malory David Wallace18. Robert Henryson Sally MapstoneGuide to further reading.