A Companion to Medieval English Literature and Culture, C. 1350 - C. 1500.

"Brown stresses the centrality of religious works to any discussion of the era, including texts outside the traditional canons: government and legal documents; instructional, confessional, devotional, mystical, and contemplative works; the writings of critics, dissenters, and Lollards. The coll...

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Author / Creator: Brown, Peter.
Format: eBook Electronic
Language:English
Edition:1st ed.
Imprint: Williston : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2007.
Series:Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Ser.
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Local Note:Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2022. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
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Summary:"Brown stresses the centrality of religious works to any discussion of the era, including texts outside the traditional canons: government and legal documents; instructional, confessional, devotional, mystical, and contemplative works; the writings of critics, dissenters, and Lollards. The collection does not accept traditional hegemonies, aristocracy, church hierarchy, courtly culture, and linguistic homogeneity. For example, essays look at the boundary between high and popular romance as blurred and artificial; the fin amour codes of love-conduct as having minimal restraint on violent chivalric pursuit of martial prowess; the concepts of masculinity, Christianity, European identity, and whiteness as dominant paradigms defining and marginalizing women and members of all nonwhite races; the violence deemed permissible for excluding these groups. In short, these thorough, engaging essays decertify many canonical certainties...Highly Recommended." Choice "Another grand project that combines breadth and depth … A highly eminent collection of thirty-eight contributions ranges over a variety of topics." Medium Aevum "There is plenty here for everybody, and all of it written in a way accessible to the general reader as well as to the student, of fellow specialist." Reference Reviews.
A Companion to Medieval English Literature and Culture, c.1350-c.1500 challenges readers to think beyond a narrowly defined canon and conventional disciplinary boundaries. <p>A ground-breaking collection of newly-commissioned essays on medieval literature and culture.</p> Encourages students to think beyond a narrowly defined canon and conventional disciplinary boundaries. Reflects the erosion of the traditional, rigid boundary between medieval and early modern literature. Stresses the importance of constructing contexts for reading literature. Explores the extent to which medieval literature is in dialogue with other cultural products, including the literature of other countries, manuscripts and religion. Includes close readings of frequently-studied texts, including texts by Chaucer, Langland, the Gawain poet, and Hoccleve. Confronts some of the controversies that exercise students of medieval literature, such as those connected with literary theory, love, and chivalry and war.
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Physical Description:1 online resource (688 pages)
ISBN:9781405171960
Author Notes:Peter Brown is Professor of Medieval English Literature at the University of Kent. His book publications include A Companion to Chaucer (Wiley-Blackwell, 2000), Reading Dreams: The Interpretation of Dreams from Chaucer to Shakespeare (1999), Chaucer at Work: The Making of the Canterbury Tales (1994) and, with Andrew Butcher, The Age of Saturn: Literature and History in the Canterbury Tales (1991).