Encyclopedia Of Medieval Literature (Encyclopedia of World Literature)

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An alphabetic guide to medieval literature covers important European writers, influential works, and literary terms and key topics, during the years from 500 to 1500.

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Jay Ruud is chair of the Department of English at the University of Central Arkansas.

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The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature includes around 700 entries, covering the time period roughly 500 to 1500 C.E. Entries include authors, works, genres, and other literary and historical terms that inform the literature of the period. The encyclopedia targets upper-level high-school students and lower-level undergraduates.

Alphabetical, cross-referenced entries are generally half a page to a page, and many are followed by bibliographies. Aids to access include a table of "Writers Covered, by Language of Composition" and an author time line. Each entry concludes with a bibliography, and a selected bibliography of more general reference works and primary and secondary sources rounds out the book.

Witers from 25 language are covered, representing a variety of African, east Asian, European, Indian subcontinent, and Middle Eastern cultures. (In contrast, the Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature, published by Greenwood in 2000, concentrates on British literature, with no entries for Chinese, Indian, and northern European literatures.) Entries on religious works and movements are included, although there are no general entries on homilies, monasteries, or the role of monks. Oddly, this volume expects students to look under Vulgate, The for an entry on the Bible.

Given the inclusion of such a wide range of cultures, translation and contact feature prominently. Also covered is the influence of women writers, including entries on individual women writers and overviews on women writers from some cultures.

The author is a seasoned scholar with the experience necessary for the undertaking. Expansive in breadth but still accessible, the Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature is recommended for high-school, public, and undergraduate libraries. It is an inclusive, easy-to-use volume providing a wide cross section of literature that challenges narrow views of the literature of the time. Joseph Thomas
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