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Anglo-Saxon (Beginnings through 1066)

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  • Donne's Religious Writingby P. M. Oliver

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 68.95

    This, the first book to focus solely on Donne's religious writing, also places his work in a literary context and attempts to reach a more realistic assessment of its originality than has been possible hitherto. The prose works that are examined in detail include the controversial treatises Bianthanatos and Pseudo-Martyr , the satirical Ignatius... more...

  • An Introduction to The Gawain-Poetby Ad Putter

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 70.95

    The late 14th century produced a crop of brilliant writers: Chaucer, Langland and Gower. Their achievement was rivalled only by a series of four works generally agreed to have been written by a single northern author, known as the Gawain-Poet. This book introduces the reader to the Gawain-poet's four surviving works: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight... more...

  • Edmund Spenserby Andrew Hadfield

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 70.95

    This collection represents some of the best recent critical writing on Edmund Spenser, a major Renaissance English poet. The essays cover the whole of Spensers work, from early literary experiments such as The Shepeardes Calenda r, to his unfinished crowning work, The Fairie Queene . The introduction provides an overview of critical responses to Spenser,... more...

  • Historians on Chaucer: The 'General Prologue' to the Canterbury Talesby Stephen Rigby; Alastair Minnis

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 97.99

    As literary scholars have long insisted, an interdisciplinary approach is vital if modern readers are to make sense of works of medieval literature. In particular, rather than reading the works of medieval authors as addressing us across the centuries about some timeless or ahistorical 'human condition', critics from a wide range of theoretical... more...

  • The Lives of the Miller's Taleby Peter G. Beidler

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2014; US$ 40.00

    With his Miller's Tale Chaucer transformed a colorless Middle Dutch account into the lively, dramatic story of raunchy Nicholas, sexy Alison, foolish John and squeamish Absolon. This book focuses on the ways Chaucer made his narrative more effective through dialogue, scene division, music, visual effects and staging. The author pays special attention... more...

  • Aemilia Lanyerby Marshall Grossman

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    Aemilia Lanyer was a Londoner of Jewish-Italian descent and the mistress of Queen Elizabeth's Lord Chamberlain. But in 1611 she did something extraordinary for a middle-class woman of the seventeenth century: she published a volume of original poems. Using standard genres to address distinctly feminine concerns, Lanyer's work is varied, subtle, provocative,... more...

  • Worldmaking Spenserby Patrick Cheney; Lauren Silberman

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Worldmaking Spenser reexamines the role of Spenser's work in English history and highlights the richness and complexity of his understanding of place. The volume centers on the idea that complex and allusive literary works such as The Faerie Queene must be read in the context of the cultural, literary, political, economic, and ideological forces... more...

  • The Book of Kyng Arthurby Charles Moorman

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Beginning with a consideration of Malory's ingenious chronology, this study shows that Malory achieved thematic and structural unity by selecting from the great mass of Arthurian legend three narrative strands -- the intrigues of Lancelot and Guinevere, the Grail quest, and the feud between the houses of Lot and Pellinore -- using these to illustrate... more...

  • The Exeter Book Riddlesby Kevin Crossley-Holland

    Enitharmon Press 2008; US$ 9.99

    The ninety-six Anglo-Saxon riddles in the eleventh-century Exeter Book are poems of great charm, zest, and subtlety. Ranging from natural phenomena (such as icebergs and storms at sea) to animal and bird life, from the Christian concept of the creation to prosaic domestic objects (such as a rake and a pair of bellows), and from weaponry to the peaceful... more...

  • Pearlby Jane Draycott; Bernard O'Donoghue

    Carcanet 2011; US$ 11.99

    In a dream landscape radiant with jewels, a father sees his lost daughter on the far bank of a river: ‘my pearl, my girl’. One of the great treasures of the British Library, the fourteenth-century poem Pearl is a work of poetic brilliance. Its account of loss and consolation retains its force across six centuries. Jane Draycott in her... more...