York Notes Companions: Medieval Literature

Best.Nr.
978-1-408-20475-7
Reihe
York Notes
Verlag
Longman
Produkttyp
Buch
Umfang
360 Seiten
Erschienen am
14.06.2010
Sprache
Englisch

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Abstract

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 “Gender and Power”, “The Emergent Individual” and “Society and Class”. Bringing together historical contexts and critical theory, this is essential reading for any student of medieval literature.

Description

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 “Gender and Power”, “The Emergent Individual” and “Society and Class”. Bringing together historical contexts and critical theory, this is essential reading for any student of medieval literature.

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Medieval Literature
The York Notes Companion to Medieval Literature spans five centuries of literature written after the Norman Conquest, a time in which enormous social, political and linguistic changes transformed life in Britain. Introducing medieval genres such as Arthurian romance, lyrics, dream narratives and mystery plays in their social and historical contexts, the Companion explores examples from each genre in detailed commentaries, and guides students through key literary theories and debates. Connecting texts with their historical and scholarly contexts, this is essential reading for any student of medieval literature. 
 
Each York Notes Companion provides:

  • Analysis  of key texts and debates  
  • Extended  commentaries for further in-depth analysis of individual texts  
  • Exploration  of historical, social and cultural contexts
  • Annotations clarifying literary terms and events in history
  • Modern  theoretical perspectives in practice  
  • Timelines  and annotated further reading

 

Carole Maddern is a lecturer at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she is convenor of Old English and Deputy Chair of the External Degree English Programme.

 

 

Table Of Contents

Part One – Introduction

 

Part Two – A Cultural Overview

 

 

Part Three - Texts, Writers and Contexts

 

Fantasy and Fairy: the Breton Lay        

Extended Commentary: Sir Orfeo

 

Short and (Bitter) Sweet: Medieval Lyrics

Extended Commentary: When the nyhtegale singes, the wodes waxen grene

 

The Many Faces of Arthurian Romance           

Extended Commentary: Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Wife of Bath’s Tale’

 

Dream and Vision: A Space Odyssey

Extended Commentary: William Langland, Piers Plowman, Passus 18

 

Acting Up: Medieval Drama     

Extended Commentary: The York ‘Play of the Crucifixion’

 

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 – References and Resources

 

Timelines

 

Further reading

 

Index

Key Features

  • Analysis of key texts and debates
  • Extended commentaries provide further in-depth analysis of individual texts
  • Notes contain extra context and explanations of literary terms
  • Historical, social and cultural contexts explored in introductory chapters and alongside discussions
  • Modern critical theory and perspectives in practice
  • Timelines and annotated further reading

Author's biography

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 ‘The Figure of the Travelling Woman in Medieval English Romance’ which is being prepared for publication.