The Oxford Anthology of English Literature: Volume 1: Medieval English Literature

Paperback | February 15, 2002

EditorJ. B. Trapp, Douglas Gray, Julia Boffey

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Medieval English Literature is the first volume of the comprehensive Oxford Anthology of English Literature to be published in a second, expanded, and fully revised edition. It provides an authoritative and representative selection from the vast riches of Anglo-Saxon and Middle Englishliterature of the period between AD 700 and AD 1500. The texts are presented either in full or in ample selections, helpfully and fully glossed and annotated according to the most recent scholarship. They are situated in their cultural context through general and particular introductions and throughthe carefully chosen illustrations, many of them new. Texts, annotations, introductions, and the bibliography have been thoroughly revised and brought up to date, and there is a full glossary of literary and historical terms. Anglo-Saxon poetry appears in modern verse translation. In addition to the whole of Beowulf (Edwin Morgan's translation), elegies, The Dream of the Rood, and The Battle of Maldon, there is a sampling of wisdom literature and of biblical epic made with particular reference to the situation ofwomen in Anglo-Saxon society. The generous choice of Chaucer's poetry, in a lightly modernized, glossed text, now includes, as well as the General Prologue and the tales of the Miller, the Nun's Priest, the Wife of Bath (with her Prologue), the Franklin, and the Pardoner, an extract from The Legendof Good Women, and others from the Scottish Chaucerians Henryson and Dunbar. For romance, the whole of the third book of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde and the entire text of Sir Orfeo, both glossed, have been added to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (revised translation by Keith Harrison). Theselections from Malory's Morte Darthur have been augmented, as have the translated extracts from The Visions of Piers Plowman (with the account of the Harrowing of Hell). Modernized versions of the Chester Play of Noah and the Seven Deadly Sins episode from The Castle of Perseverance join the SecondShepherds' Play and Everyman in the Theater section. Ballads and lyric poetry have also been changed and amplified to link with a notable innovation: the section entitled Women's Writing and Women's Experience, an introduction to Middle English prose written by and for women.

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Medieval English Literature is the first volume of the comprehensive Oxford Anthology of English Literature to be published in a second, expanded, and fully revised edition. It provides an authoritative and representative selection from the vast riches of Anglo-Saxon and Middle Englishliterature of the period between AD 700 and AD 1500...

J. B. Trapp is at University of London. Douglas Gray is at Oxford University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:650 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 1.3 inPublished:February 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195134926

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Editors' Preface: Introduction: Medieval English Literature: OLD ENGLISH POETRYCaedmon's HymnBeowulfJudith from The Death of HolofernesElegies The Wanderer The Wife's Complaint The Husband's Message Wulf and EadwacerEngimas and Wisdom The Queen and the Frisian WifeRiddlesGenesis B from The Temptation of EveThe Dream of the RoodThe Battle of MaldonGEOFFREY CHAUCER, c. 1343-1400The Canterbury Tales General PrologueThe Miller's Prologue and TaleThe Nun's Priest's Prologue and TaleTwo Other Fox Stories from The Bestiaryfrom Robert Henryson, Fables The Fox and the WolfThe Wife of Bath's Prologue and TaleWilliam Dunbar from The Two Married Women and the WidowThe Franklin's Prologue and TaleGentilesseThe Pardoner's Prologue and Talefrom The Legend of Good Women The Legend of Thisbe of BabylonTroilus and CriseydeRobert Henryson The Complaint of CresseidChaucer's Words unto Adam, His Own ScribeChaucer's RetractionsROMANCESir OrfeoThomas the RhymerThe Land of CokaygneSir Gawain and the Green KnightSir Thomas Malory from Morte Darthur [The Birth of Arthur and the Sword in the Stone] [The Fair Maid of Astolat] [The Death of Arthur]THE VISIONS OF PIERS PLOWMAN from the Prologue from Passus I from Passus XVIIITHEATERThe Wakefield Second Shepherds' PlayThe Chester Play of NoahEverymanfrom The Castle of Perseverance: The Seven Deadly SinsWOMEN'S WRITING AND WOMEN'S EXPERIENCEAncrene Wisse (A Guide for Anchoresses)Holy Maidenhood (A Letter on Virginity)Saint ScholasticaThe Book of Margery KempeWhat So Men SaynMIDDLE ENGLISH LYRICSSpringNow Springs the SpraySumer is Ycomen InThe Thrush and the NightingaleAlisonSeparated LoversWestern WindHe Is FarI Have a Young SisterThe Maid of the MoorThe Agincourt CarolBring Us In Good AleI Have Set My Heart So HighAll Too LateA Woman Sat WeepingDivine LoveI Sing of a MaidenOf One That Is So Fair and BrightAdam Lay YboundenCorpus Christi CarolBALLADSThe Cherry-Tree CarolThe Two MagiciansThe Carpenter's Wife [The Demon Lover]The Wife of Usher's WellThe Unquiet GraveLord RandelThe Three RavensThe Birth of Robin HoodSir Patrick SpenceWILLIAM DUNBAR, c. 1460-c. 1514Lament for the MakersWILLIAM CAXTON, 1415/24-1492The Proem to The Canterbury Talesfrom the Preface to The AeneidGlossary: Suggestions for Further Reading: Author and Title Index: First-Line Index: