By Peter Brown
A better half 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 conventional, inflexible boundary among medieval and early smooth literature.
- Stresses the significance of creating contexts for examining literature.
- Explores the level to which medieval literature is in discussion with different cultural items, together with the literature of alternative nations, manuscripts and religion.
- Includes shut readings of frequently-studied texts, together with texts by means of Chaucer, Langland, the Gawain poet, and Hoccleve.
- Confronts many of the controversies that workout scholars of medieval literature, reminiscent of these attached with literary idea, love, and chivalry and war.
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Extra resources for A Companion To Medieval English Literature And Culture
As it is almost always the case that medieval English books hold texts in more than one language (and even when they don’t we may wonder why), what they may tell us about multilingual contact remains a ﬁeld of great current interest. 7 A number of recent books, responding to various theoretical pressures, have examined different aspects of this subject. Helen Cooney opens her collection, Nation, Court and Culture, with a chapter in which Pearsall rejects the idea of a distinctly English late medieval consciousness and thus sets a standard against which the arguments for ‘Englishness’ in the remainder of the volume may be measured.
Was contested throughout England, Wales and Scotland from Monmouth’s time well into the late medieval period’ (Ingham 2001: 23). The prophetic character of Arthur’s projected return was employed as a symbol of British sovereignty by such diverse ﬁgures as Richard II, using his Welsh connections to defend his throne, Henry Tudor, exploiting Welsh ties as he raised the banner of Arthur against Richard III at Bosworth, and Owain Glyndwr, leading a messianic Welsh rebellion against Henry IV. In literature, Arthurian hopes and anxieties fed into the genre of romance as it developed in England and Wales in books as varied in their nationalist sensibilities as The Red Book of Hergest, the alliterative Morte Arthure and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
4 The interest may relate to the fact that at the beginning of the twenty-ﬁrst century such conditions are current; as Tony Hunt notes in comparing contemporary to medieval culture, ‘outside a few western societies with a strong sense of language identity and near-universal literacy, conditions which obviously did not obtain in medieval Britain, multilingualism is the norm’ (in Trotter 2000: 131). To think seriously about the multilingual character of late medieval Britain poses a vigorous challenge to the age-old assumption that the way linguistic things worked out was inevitable.
A Companion To Medieval English Literature And Culture by Peter Brown