The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature: Volume 1: 800-1558 by Rita Copeland

The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature: Volume 1: 800-1558

EditorRita Copeland

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The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature (OHCREL) is designed to offer a comprehensive investigation of the numerous and diverse ways in which literary texts of the classical world have stimulated responses and refashioning by English writers. Covering the full range ofEnglish literature from the early Middle Ages to the present day, OHCREL both synthesizes existing scholarship and presents cutting-edge new research, employing an international team of expert contributors for each of the five volumes. OHCREL endeavours to interrogate, rather than inertly reiterate, conventional assumptions about literary "periods", the processes of canon-formation, and the relations between literary and non-literary discourse. It conceives of "reception" as a complex process of dialogic exchange and, rather thanoffering large cultural generalizations, it engages in close critical analysis of literary texts. It explores in detail the ways in which English writers' engagement with classical literature casts as much light on the classical originals as it does on the English writers' own cultural context. This first volume, and fourth to appear in the series, covers the years c.800-1558, and surveys the reception and transformation of classical literary culture in England from the Anglo-Saxon period up to the Henrician era. Chapters on the classics in the medieval curriculum, the trivium andquadrivium, medieval libraries, and medieval mythography provide context for medieval reception. The reception of specific classical authors and traditions is represented in chapters on Virgil, Ovid, Lucan, Statius, the matter of Troy, Boethius, moral philosophy, historiography, biblical epics,English learning in the twelfth century, and the role of antiquity in medieval alliterative poetry. The medieval section includes coverage of Chaucer, Gower, and Lydgate, while the part of the volume dedicated to the later period explores early English humanism, humanist education, and libraries inthe Henrician era, and includes chapters that focus on the classicism of Skelton, Douglas, Wyatt, and Surrey.

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Rita Copeland is Rosenberg Chair in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America. Her fields of research include the history of rhetoric, literary theory, and medieval learning. She is a founder of the journal New Medieval Literatures, and co-founder of Toronto Series in Medieval and...
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Title:The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature: Volume 1: 800-1558Format:HardcoverDimensions:770 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:February 27, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of ContributorsAbbreviations1. Rita Copeland: Introduction2. Rita Copeland: The Curricular Classics in the Middle Ages3. Marjorie Curry Woods: Experiencing the Classics in Medieval Education4. Rita Copeland: The Trivium and the Classics5. Winston Black: The Quadrivium and Natural Sciences6. James Willoughby: The Transmission and Circulation of Classical Literature: Libraries and Florilegia7. Nicolette Zeeman: Mythography and Mythographical Collections8. Rita Copeland: Academic Prologues to Authors9. Jan M. Ziolkowski: Virgil10. Suzanne Conklin Akbari: Ovid and Ovidianism11. Alfred Hiatt: Lucan12. Winthrop Wetherbee: Statius13. Marilynn Desmond: Trojan Itineraries and the Matter of Troy14. Ian Cornelius: Boethius' De consolatione philosophiae15. Charles F. Briggs: Moral Philosophy and Wisdom Literature16. Cam Grey: Historiography and Biography from the Period of Gildas to Gerald of Wales17. Ad Putter: Prudentius and the Late Classical Epics of Juvencus, Proba, Sedulius, Arator and Avitus18. Dallas G. Denery II: John of Salisbury, Academic Scepticism, and Ciceronian Rhetoric19. Emily Steiner: Alliterative Poetry and the Time of Antiquity20. Alastair Minnis: Other Worlds: Chaucer's Classicism21. Andrew Galloway: Gower's Ovids22. Robert R. Edwards: John Lydgate and the Remaking of Classical Epic23. Daniel Wakelin: Early Humanism in England24. James Carley and Agnes Juhasz-Ormsby: Survey of Henrician Humanism25. David R. Carlson: John Skelton26. Nicola Royan: Gavin Douglas' Eneados27. Cathy Shrank: Finding a Vernacular Voice: The Classical Translations of Sir Thomas Wyatt28. James Simpson: The Aeneid Translations of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey: The Exiled Reader's PresenceSelect Bibliography of Ancient SourcesGeneral Reference Works for ReceptionStudies on Ancient Authors and Classical ReceptionMedieval: Primary SourcesMedieval: Secondary SourcesEarly Humanism: Primary SourcesEarly Humanism: Secondary Sources