Brian Murdoch Cornish Literature

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Cornish Literature

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`This admirable survey...compact, smoothly written, easy to read and digest, yet indicative throughout of profound scholarship and an obvious mastery of the field, Cornish Literatureprovides an enduring guide to this small but significant genre. The three Middle Cornish plays - in English titles, The Creation of the World, Life of St Meriasekand the tripartite Ordinalia - accompany a long Pascon agan Arluth, a verse `Passion of our Lord' and the odd fragment... His last chapter, `Survivals and Revivals', is a fair but detached account covering a long (1611 to 1992) phase that will also interest sociologists. The chief strength of his book is the textual analysis of the main plays, placing them alongside medieval English drama as well as the larger European manifestation of religious drama and the complex question of all their biblical and quasi-biblical sources. There is a useful bibliography. Modestly priced, Brian Murdoch's scholarly and attractive guide should appeal to many beyond medievalist circles; it will not be superseded for a long time.' -- THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

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BRIAN MURDOCH is head of the Department of German at Stirling University.

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This book was needed. It gives a clear, accurate and up-to-date account of a subject which has never before had the treatment it deserves. Murdoch's study at once becomes the book on Cornish literature, essential for anyone concerned with Cornwall's past, but also breaking new ground for students of medieval drama, popular religion, and apocryphal literature. --Medium Aevum

An important book ... a good half is devoted to the central texts of the `ancient Cornish drama', of which they provide the most illuminating presentation to date. --Year's Work in Modern Language Studies

A most valuable introduction. --Review of English Studies

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