The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English by Elaine TreharneThe Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English by Elaine Treharne

The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English

EditorElaine Treharne, Greg Walker

Paperback | October 7, 2017

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The study of medieval literature has experienced a revolution in the last two decades, which has reinvigorated many parts of the discipline and changed the shape of the subject in relation to the scholarship of the previous generation. "New" texts (laws and penitentials, women's writing, dramarecords), innovative fields and objects of study (the history of the book, the study of space and the body, medieval masculinities), and original ways of studying them (the Sociology of the Text, performance studies) have emerged. This has brought fresh vigour and impetus to medieval studies, andimpacted significantly on cognate periods and areas. The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English brings together the insights of these new fields and approaches with those of more familiar texts and methods of study, to provide a comprehensive overview of the state of medieval literaturetoday. It also returns to first principles in posing fundamental questions about the nature, scope, and significance of the discipline, and the directions that it might take in the next decade. The Handbook contains 44 newly commissioned essays from both world-leading scholars and exciting new scholarly voices. Topics covered range from the canonical genres of Saints' lives, sermons, romance, lyric poetry, and heroic poetry; major themes including monstrosity and marginality, patronage andliterary politics, manuscript studies and vernacularity are investigated; and there are close readings of key texts, such as Beowulf, Wulf and Eadwacer, and Ancrene Wisse and key authors from AElfric to Geoffrey Chaucer, Langland, and the Gawain Poet.
Elaine Treharne is Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of Humanities and Professor of English, and, by Courtesy, of German Studies at Stanford University. Elaine was previously Professor of Early English at Florida State University and Visiting Professor of Medieval Literature at the University of Leicester. She has published extensively ...
Title:The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in EnglishFormat:PaperbackDimensions:792 pagesPublished:October 7, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrologueElaine Treharne: Speaking of the MedievalLiterary Production1. A.S.G. Edwards: Books and Manuscripts2. Orietta Da Rold: Textual Copying and Transmission3. Simon Horobin: Professionalization of Writing4. Nicholas Perkins: Writing, Authority, and Bureaucracy5. Elizabeth Evenden: The Impact of Print: The Perceived Worth of the Printed Book in England, 1476-1575Literary Consumption6. Ralph Hanna: Literature and the Cultural Elites7. Jayne Carroll: The Verse of Heroes8. Sian Echard: Insular Romance9. Nicola McDonald: A York Primer and its Alphabet: Reading Women in a Lay Household10. John McGavin: Performing Communities: Civic Religious DramaLiterature, Clerical, and Lay11. Bella Millett: Change and Continuity: The English Sermon before 125012. Diane Watt: Authorizing Female Piety13. Andy Galloway: Visions and Visionaries14. Mishtooni Bose: Writing, Heresy, and the Anticlerical Muse15. Dan Anlezark: Acquiring Wisdom: Teaching Texts and the Lore of the PeopleLiterary Realities16. Andrew Prescott: The Yorkshire Partisans and the Literature of Popular Discontent17. Tom Bredehoft: Gothic Turn and the Twelfth-Century Chronicle18. Stephen Kelly: Antisocial Reform: Writing Rebellion19. Elizabeth Dutton: Secular Drama20. Gillian Rudd: Metaphorical and Real Flowers in Medieval VerseComplex Identities21. Kathryn Kerby-Fulton: Authority, Constraint, and the Writing of the Medieval Self22. Kathy Lavezzo: Complex Identities: Selves and Others23. Samantha Zacher: The Chosen People: Spiritual Identities24. Alcuin Blamires: Individuality25. Jacqueline Stodnick: Emergent EnglishnessLiterary Place, Space, and Time26. Helen Fulton: Regions and Communities27. Alison Wiggins: The City and the Text: London Literature28. Wendy Scase: Provincial Reading Communities29. Elizabeth Elliott: Scottish Writing30. Thorlac Turville-Petre: Places of the Imagination: The Gawain-PoetLiterary Journeys31. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen: Pilgrimages, Travel Writing, and the Medieval Exotic32. Anke Bernau: 'Britain': Originary Myths and the Stories of Peoples33. Alfred Hiatt: Maps and Margins: Other Lands, Other Peoples34. Asa Simon Mittman and Susan Kim: Monsters and the Medieval Exotic in Medieval England35. Mary Baine Campbell: Spiritual Quest and Social Space: Texts of Hard Travel for God on Earth and in the HeartEpilogueGreg Walker: When did 'The Medieval End?' Retrospection, Foresight and The End(s) of the English Middle AgesIndex of ManuscriptsGeneral Index