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Anglo-Saxon (Beginnings through 1066)

  • 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...

  • 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 Poet's Taleby Paul Strohm

    Profile Books 2015; US$ 16.00

    As the year 1386 began, Geoffrey Chaucer was a middle-aged bureaucrat and sometime poet, living in London and enjoying the perks that came with his close connections to its booming wool trade. When it ended, he was jobless, homeless, out of favour with his friends and living in exile. Such a reversal might have spelled the end of his... more...

  • Piers Plowmanby William Langland; Peter Sutton

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

    William Langland's 14th-century poem Piers Plowman is a disturbing and often humorous commentary on corruption and greed that remains meaningful today. The allegorical and satirical work revolves around the narrator's quest to live a good life, and takes the form of a series of dreams in which Piers, the honest plowman, appears in various guises.... 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...

  • Malory's Anatomy of Chivalryby Paul Rovang

    Fairleigh Dickinson 2014; US$ 74.99

    This book examines sixteen key figures in the Morte Darthur providing insight into each as an exemplar of chivalric values presented by the author to his own troubled times. 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...

  • John Donne and the Conway Papers: Patronage and Manuscript Circulation in the Early Seventeenth Centuryby Daniel Starza Smith

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 97.99

    How and why did men and women send handwritten poetry, drama, and literary prose to their friends and social superiors in the seventeenth century-and what were the consequences of these communications? Within this culture of manuscript publication, why did John Donne (1572-1631), an author who attempted to limit the circulation of his works, become... more...

  • The World Split Openby Margaret Atwood; Wallace Stegner; Edward P. Jones; Ursula K. Le Guin; Marilynne Robinson

    Tin House Books 2014; US$ 16.95

    Since 1984, Literary Arts has welcomed many of the world?s most renowned authors and storytellers to its stage for one of the country?s largest lectures series. Sold-out crowds congregate at Portland?s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall to hear these writers? discuss their work and their thoughts on the trajectory of contemporary literature and culture.... more...