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Medieval Literature for Children - Daniel T. Kline

Medieval Literature for Children

By: Daniel T. Kline (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2003
ISBN: 9780815333128
Number Of Pages: 366

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Scholars once believed that childhood was alien to the Middle Ages. Too many children died. Life was too hard and too short to cherish youth. Only in recent years have historians looked beyond this general assumption to discover the significance children and childhood had for medieval culture. Based on material, cultural, and historical evidence, many now agree that medieval parents valued their children as children, not as "miniature adults." If so, what were medieval children reading? How does it function as children's literature? What does it tell us about childhood in the Middle Ages?
"Medieval Literature for Children" is the first critical anthology of texts written for children during the Middle Ages. The volume includes selections from nearly 20 medieval text, accompanied by incisive critical introductions by an outstanding group of interdisciplinary scholars that illuminate the diversity, sophistication, and complexity of literature for medieval children and youth. The selection of original texts includes material written in Middle English, as well as translations from Latin, Old English, and medieval Welsh. The selections span a broad range of genres, from didactic literature to popular romance and drama, and include the "ABC of Aristotle," Aelfric's "Colloquy," The "Fables" of Avianus, Chaucer's "Treatise on the Astrolabe," The "Ecloque of Theodulus," "Sir Gowther," "Occupation and" "Idleness," along with many others.

"Daniel Kline's well-edited book of sixteen essays, each by a different authority and accompanied by the medieval text to which it refers, is an important milestone in the ongoing rediscover of children's literature prior to the printed book.."
-Gillian Adams, CLAQ, the Children's Literature Association Quarterly.
"The book is the first critical anthology of texts written for children during the Middle Ages. The volume includes selections from nearly 20 medieval texts, accompanied by incisive critical introductions by an outstanding group of interdisciplinary scholars that illuminate the diversity, sophistication, and complexity of literature for medieval children and youth."
-"Pubblicato Sul Bollettino del Cirt
"Daniel Kline's well-edited book of sixteen essays, each by a different authority and accompanied by the medieval text to which it refers, is an important milestone in the ongoing rediscovery of children's literature prior to the printed book. I cannot recommend it too highly to historians of children's literature, or even those who just say a few words about early children's literature in a survey course. The 20-page bibliography alone is worth the price."
-Gillian Adams, "Children's Literature Association Quarterly

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Medieval Children's Literature: Problems, Possibilities, Parametersp. 1
Didactic and Moral Literature
The Fables of Avianusp. 12
Selections from the Gesta Romanorump. 29
Selections from Gower's Confessio Amantisp. 45
Courtesy and Conduct Literature
The "ABC of Aristotle"p. 63
The Babees Bookp. 79
Selections from the Book of the Knight of the Towerp. 93
Educational and Instructional Literature
Aelfric's Colloquyp. 112
Le Tretiz of Walter of Bibbesworthp. 131
A School Child's Primer (Plimpton MS 258)p. 143
Chaucer As Teacher: Chaucer's Treatise on the Astrolabep. 155
Religious Literature
The Ecloga Theodulip. 188
"The Child Slain by Jews" and "The Jewish Boy"p. 204
Ypotis: A Middle English Dialoguep. 227
Entertainment and Popular Literature
Occupation and Idlenessp. 249
Selection from Math Son of Mathonwy, from the Mabinogip. 284
Sir Gowther (Advocates MS. 19.3.1)p. 299
Bibliographyp. 322
Indexp. 342
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ISBN: 9780815333128
ISBN-10: 0815333129
Audience: Children
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 366
Published: 1st May 2003
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1