Medieval Writers and their Work: Middle English Literature 1100-1500

Paperback | February 12, 2008

byBurrow, J. A.

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In an updated edition of his hugely successful student introduction to English literature from 1100 to 1500, J. A. Burrow takes account of scholarly developments in the the field, most notably devoting a final chapter to the impact of historicism on medieval studies. Full of information andstimulating ideas, and a pleasure to read, Burrow's book deals with circumstances of composition and reception, the main genres, 'modes of meaning' (allegory etc.), and medieval literature's afterlife in modern times. It shows that the literature of authors such as Chaucer, Gower, and Langland ismore readily accessible than usually imagined, and well worth reading too. By placing medieval writers in their historical context - the four centuries between the Norman Conquest and the Renaissance - Professor Burrow explains not only how they wrote, but why.

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In an updated edition of his hugely successful student introduction to English literature from 1100 to 1500, J. A. Burrow takes account of scholarly developments in the the field, most notably devoting a final chapter to the impact of historicism on medieval studies. Full of information andstimulating ideas, and a pleasure to read, Bu...

J.A. Burrow is an Emeritus Professor and Research Fellow at the University of Bristol.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.5 inPublished:February 12, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199532044

ISBN - 13:9780199532049

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Table of Contents

1. The period and the literature2. Writers, audiences, and readers3. Major genres4. Modes of meaning5. The afterlife of Middle English literatureNotesBibliography

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`an excellent book for drawing attention to and clarifying the special difficulties of Middle English literature'Times Literary Supplement