Medieval Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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byElaine Treharne

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This Very Short Introduction provides a compelling account of the emergence of the earliest literature in Britain and Ireland, including English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Anglo-Latin and Anglo-Norman. Introducing the reader to some of the greatest poetry, prose and drama ever written, ElaineTreharne discusses the historical and intellectual background to these works, and considers the physical production of the manuscripts and the earliest beginnings of print culture. Covering both well-known texts, such as Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales and the Mabinogion, as well as texts that aremuch less familiar, such as sermons, saints' lives, lyrics and histories, Treharne discusses major themes such as sin and salvation, kingship and authority, myth and the monstrous, and provides a full, but brief, account of one of the major periods in literary history.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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This Very Short Introduction provides a compelling account of the emergence of the earliest literature in Britain and Ireland, including English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Anglo-Latin and Anglo-Norman. Introducing the reader to some of the greatest poetry, prose and drama ever written, ElaineTreharne discusses the historical and intellec...

Elaine Treharne is Professor of English at Stanford University and Visiting Professor of Medieval Literature at the University of Leicester. She is the author or editor of more than two-dozen books and fifty articles, focusing principally on Old and Middle English Literature and Medieval manuscripts. Her current research projects conc...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.01 inPublished:September 23, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Endings and Beginnings2. Recording Culture, c. 450-14503. Textual Production and Reception4. Literary Audiences, Literary Identities5. Individual and Community6. The Mighty and the Monstrous7. Love and Longing8. Death and Judgement9. Patronage and Ownership10. Coda: Reimagining the MedievalTimelineTerms and genresFurther readingIndex