Readings in Medieval Poetry

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CUP Archive, May 26, 1989 - Literary Criticism - 284 pages
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Readings in Medieval Poetry is a linked collection of essays on such poems as the Song of Roland, King Horn, Havelok, Sir Orfeo, Chaucer's Book of the Duchess, House of Fame and Troilus and Criseyde, the alliterative Morte Arthure, The Siege of Jerusalem, Purity, Pearl, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Piers Plowman. The connecting purpose is to open up a variety of kinds of medieval poetry to modern readers; and, while the methods used vary with the kinds of poetry being discussed, they frequently involve, along with historical treatments in terms of medieval practices and systems of ideas, the adoption and adaptation of theoretical frameworks borrowed from outside the medieval field.
  

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Contents

Elaborated and restricted codes
1
Early medieval narrative style
24
Interpreting a medieval romance
56
Early Chaucer
83
the end of Troilus and Criseyde
107
Alliterative poetry
134
Purity and danger
173
The Gawainpoets sense of an ending
195
allegory and verbal practice
216
Notes
246
Index
265
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