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Anglo-Saxon (Beginnings through 1066)

  • Anglo-Saxon Emotionsby Alice Jorgensen; Frances McCormack; Jonathan Wilcox

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 134.95

    In order to integrate early medieval Britain into the wider scholarly research into the history of emotions, this volume brings together established and younger scholars in order to stimulate further study within the discipline. With a tight focus on emotion, on Anglo Saxon England, and on language and literature, the volume considers a range of methodologies... more...

  • Returning to John Donneby Achsah Guibbory

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 109.95

    Guibbory collects here her most important and frequently cited essays on Donne, which, taken together, present her distinctive and evolving vision of the poet. Combining previously published work with an original and substantive introduction and three new essays, the author illuminates Donne’s understanding that erotic, spiritual and political... 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...