Reading the Middle Ages

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This introduction to medieval literature provides some of the background context which is essential to understanding the written works of the period. It offers a `way into' the subject by examining aspects such as religion and moral orientation, literacy and reading through a number of prominent works: Beowulf , The Romance of the Rose , sagas and texts by Chaucer, Chrétien de Troyes and Dante.

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Theodore L. Steinberg is a professor at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where he teaches courses in biblical, medieval and Renaissance literatures. He has published books on the Yiddish writer Mendele Mocher Seforim and on the 14th century poem Piers Plowman. Steinberg has been awarded the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He lives in Fredonia.

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"clear writing...highly accessible...a solid purchase"--Library Journal; "useful"--Mediaevistik; "helpful...engaging"--Medieval Academy of America.

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