A Concise Companion to Middle English Literature (Concise Companions to Literature and Culture)

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This concise companion examines contexts that are essential to understanding and interpreting writing in English produced in the period between approximately 1100 and 1500. The essays in the book explore ways in which Middle English literature is 'different' from the literature of other periods. The book includes discussion of such issues as the religious and historical background to Middle English literature, the circumstances and milieux in which it was produced, its linguistic features, and the manuscripts in which it has been preserved. Amongst the great range of writers and writings discussed, the book considers the works of the most widely read Middle English author, Chaucer, against the background of the period that he both typifies and subverts.

  • An accessible resource that examines contexts essential to understanding and interpreting writing of the Middle English period
  • Chapters explore the distinctiveness of Middle English literature
  • Brings together discussion and analysis by an international team of Middle English specialists, incorporating fresh material and new insights
  • Includes analysis of Chaucer's writings, and considers them in relation to the work of his Middle English predecessors, contemporaries and successors
  • Incorporates discussion of issues steering the perception of Middle English literature in the present day

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A Concise Companion to Middle English Literature examines contexts that are essential to understanding and interpreting writing in English produced in the period between approximately 1100 and 1500. The essays in the book are focused around the concept that Middle English literature is 'different' from the literature of other periods, and that it is this difference that makes it especially fascinating for readers. Tying information about the period to the analysis of texts, the book includes discussion of such issues as the religious and historical background to Middle English literature, the circumstances and milieux in which it was produced, its linguistic features, and the manuscripts in which it has been preserved.

Amongst the great range of writers and writings discussed, the book considers the works of the most widely read Middle English author, Chaucer, against the background of the period that he both typifies and subverts.

This engaging book offers readers who are approaching Middle English literature for the first time the information that they need to understand a period that is sometimes perceived to be arcane. The incorporation of fresh material and new insights also makes this volume essential reading for specialists in the field.

About the Author:

MARILYN CORRIE teaches in the English Department at University College London. Her research interests include the trilingual literary culture of post-Norman Conquest England; the transmission of continental French literature to England in the thirteenth and early-fourteenth centuries; English and French manuscripts containing literary texts; and the interface between theology and literary writing in the Middle Ages, especially in the fifteenth century. Having published articles and essays relating to each of these subjects, she is currently working on a book about Christian theology, magic and literature in the later Middle Ages.

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