Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature: Middle English

Paperback | December 2, 2009

byPaul Strohm

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These original essays mean to provoke rather than reassure, to challenge rather than codify. Instead of summarizing existing knowledge after the fashion of the now-ubiquitous literary 'companions,' these essays aim at opening fresh discussion; instead of emphasizing settled consensus theydirect their readers to areas of enlivened and unresolved debate. Although 'major authors' such as Chaucer and Langland are richly represented, many little-known and neglected texts are considered as well. Analysis is devoted not only to self-sufficient works, but to the general conditions oftextual production and reception. Contributors to this collection include some recognized and admired names, but also a good many newer faces: younger scholars whose groundbreaking research is just coming into full view, and whose perspectives will influence the terms of literary discussion in thedecades to come. Encouraged to speculate, they have addressed topics that unsettle previous categories of investigation. Each is oriented toward the emergent, the unfinalized, the yet-to-be-done. Each essay stirs new questions and concludes with suggestions for further reading and investigation thatwill allow readers to extend their own research into the questions it has raised.

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These original essays mean to provoke rather than reassure, to challenge rather than codify. Instead of summarizing existing knowledge after the fashion of the now-ubiquitous literary 'companions,' these essays aim at opening fresh discussion; instead of emphasizing settled consensus theydirect their readers to areas of enlivened and u...

Paul Strohm is Anna S. Garbedian Professor of Humanities at Columbia University. He was previously J.R.R. Tolkien Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford, and, before that, taught at Indiana University for many years.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:536 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:December 2, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199559392

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Table of Contents

Paul Strohm: IntroductionI: Conditions and ContextsCarol Symes: Manuscript Matrix, Modern CanonRobert M. Stein: MultilingualismChistopher Baswell: Multilingualism on the PageMichelle R. Warren: TranslationJoyce Coleman: AuralityAlexandra Gillespie: BooksII: VantagepointsCarolyn Dinshaw: TemporalitiesDiane Cady: Symbolic EconomiesEmily Steiner: AuthorityD. Vance Smith: InstitutionsChristopher Cannon: FormElizabeth Allen: EpisodesMaura Nolan: BeautyNicolette Zeeman: Imaginative TheorySarah McNamer: FeelingMarion Turner: ConflictIII: Textual Kinds and CategoriesAlfred Hiatt: Genre Without SystemBruce Holsinger: LiturgyJessica Brantley: Vision, Image, TextKaren A. Winstead: Saintly ExemplarityMatthew Giancarlo: Speculative GenealogiesNancy Bradley Warren: Incarnational (Auto)biographySheila Lindenbaum: Drama as Textual PracticeVincent Gillespie: Vernacular TheologyAndrew Cole: Heresy and HumanismIV: Writing and the WorldKellie Robertson: Authorial WorkStephanie Trigg: Learning to LiveSusan E. Phillips: Gossip and (Un)official WritingLisa H. Cooper: The Poetics of Practicality

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`Review from previous edition The lack of obviousness, the questioning mode, and the choice of contributors interested in critical, cultural and theoretical questions will draw in many readers to this consciously 'twenty-first-century' volume.'Medium Aevum