A Companion To Medieval English Literature and Culture by Peter Brown

By Peter Brown

A spouse to Medieval English Literature and tradition, c.1350-c.1500 demanding situations readers to imagine past a narrowly outlined canon and standard disciplinary barriers.

A ground-breaking choice of newly-commissioned essays on medieval literature and culture.

  • Encourages scholars to imagine past a narrowly outlined canon and traditional disciplinary boundaries.
  • Reflects the erosion of the normal, inflexible boundary among medieval and early glossy literature.
  • Stresses the significance of making contexts for studying literature.
  • Explores the level to which medieval literature is in discussion with different cultural items, together with the literature of different nations, manuscripts and religion.
  • Includes shut readings of frequently-studied texts, together with texts through Chaucer, Langland, the Gawain poet, and Hoccleve.
  • Confronts a few of the controversies that workout scholars of medieval literature, equivalent to these hooked up with literary thought, love, and chivalry and war.

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Rape and Ravishment in the Literature of Medieval England. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer. An exploration of attitudes about rape and abduction. Strohm, Paul 1998. England’s Empty Throne: Usurpation and the Language of Legitimation, 1399– 1422. New Haven: Yale University Press. An exploration of the complex response of Lancastrian rulers and subjects to the deposition and murder of Richard II. —— 2000. Theory and the Premodern Text. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. An effort to expand our understanding of medieval thought by challenging the silences and evasions in medieval texts through a confrontation with theory.

Rape and Ravishment in the Literature of Medieval England. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer. An exploration of attitudes about rape and abduction. Strohm, Paul 1998. England’s Empty Throne: Usurpation and the Language of Legitimation, 1399– 1422. New Haven: Yale University Press. An exploration of the complex response of Lancastrian rulers and subjects to the deposition and murder of Richard II. —— 2000. Theory and the Premodern Text. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. An effort to expand our understanding of medieval thought by challenging the silences and evasions in medieval texts through a confrontation with theory.

Second, the volume’s individual selections reflect a theory of inclusiveness that juxtaposes aesthetically significant literary texts with texts having less literary appeal but which provide a historicized context for reading. Pearsall seeks to manifest the ‘common cultural tradition’ that binds together the Parliament of Fowls and the Shepherd’s Calendar because he fears that Chaucer, ‘Taught so frequently now as the sole representative of English writing before Shakespeare . . is in danger of being read and learnt about in a vacuum’ (Pearsall 1999: xv).

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