A Companion To Medieval English Literature and Culture c.1350 - c.1500

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Peter Brown
Wiley, Jan 8, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 688 pages
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A Companion to Medieval English Literature and Culture, c.1350-c.1500 challenges readers to think beyond a narrowly defined canon and conventional disciplinary boundaries.

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

  • Encourages students to think beyond a narrowly defined canon and conventional disciplinary boundaries.
  • Reflects the erosion of the traditional, rigid boundary between medieval and early modern literature.
  • Stresses the importance of constructing contexts for reading literature.
  • Explores the extent to which medieval literature is in dialogue with other cultural products, including the literature of other countries, manuscripts and religion.
  • Includes close readings of frequently-studied texts, including texts by Chaucer, Langland, the Gawain poet, and Hoccleve.
  • Confronts some of the controversies that exercise students of medieval literature, such as those connected with literary theory, love, and chivalry and war.

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About the author (2007)

Peter Brown is Professor of Medieval English Literature at the University of Kent. His book publications include A Companion to Chaucer (Wiley-Blackwell, 2000), Reading Dreams: The Interpretation of Dreams from Chaucer to Shakespeare (1999), Chaucer at Work: The Making of the Canterbury Tales (1994) and, with Andrew Butcher, The Age of Saturn: Literature and History in the Canterbury Tales (1991).

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