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The Long Fifteenth Century : Essays for Douglas Gray - Helen Cooper

The Long Fifteenth Century

Essays for Douglas Gray

By: Helen Cooper (Editor), Sally Mapstone (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st May 1997
ISBN: 9780198183655
Number Of Pages: 380

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The Long Fifteenth Century is intended as a companion volume to Douglas Gray's ground-breaking Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose and incorporates a bibliography of his published writings. Gray's anthology revolutionized critical appreciation of English and Scottish literature of the `long fifteenth century' from the death of Chaucer to the Reformation, but the literature of the period as a whole remains much under-read, undervalued, and under-studied. The contributors to this volume, all leading scholars in the field, bring to the fore the power of underrated writers, restore to the period writings often attributed to other centuries, open up new possibilities in neglected genres, offer radical rereadings of some more familiar works, and demonstrate how closely the literature of the period is bound up with political and social conditions. Written in honour of Douglas Gray, to mark his long and distinguished tenure of the J.R.R. Tolkein Professorship of English Literature and Language at Oxford university, the 15 essays in this volume portray the long fifteenth century as a major period of literature in its own right. They provide a comprehensive survey of fifteenth-century literature in print, from the morality play to the ballad, verse forms to prose romances, including Chaucer, Lydgate, Skelton, and Hoccleve, along with essays on the Middle French Poets and Scottish writings of the period.

`The book produced to mark the retirement of Douglas Gray, one of the most learned, humane, and genial literary scholars to teach at Oxford in the last thirty years. The range of subject in this collection is remarkable, and designedly achieved... 'to help to change the way the fifteenth century is perceived', is the mission and the challenge of this collection... happily, the promise of such breadth is fulfilled by the accomplishment and richness of the essays the editors have chosen to include... in its diversity of subject and the contribution it makes to our understanding of the late literature of medieval England, The Long Fifteenth Century is true to its intentions.' Robert F. Yeager, Studies in the Age of Chaucer

Prefacep. v
Contributorsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. x
Introductionp. 1
'Dysemol Daies and Fatal Houres': Lydgate's Destruction of Thebes and Chaucer's Knight's Talep. 15
Hoccleve and the Middle French Poetsp. 35
Kingship and the Kingis Quairp. 51
Frames and Narrators in Chaucerian Poetryp. 71
The Verse Forms of Jon the Blynde Awdelayp. 99
Poetic Originality in the Wars of Alexanderp. 123
Counter-Romance: Civil Strife and Father-Killing in the Prose Romancesp. 141
The Ballad and the Middle Agesp. 163
'send Thine Heart into Purgatory'p. 185
Fleshly Monks and Dancing Girls: Immorality in the Morality Dramap. 205
'Abject Odious': Feminine and Masculine in Henryson's Testament of Cresseidp. 228
Justification by Faith: Skelton's Replycacionp. 273
Visio Baleii: An Early Literary Historianp. 313
A Bibliography of the Published Writings of Douglas Grayp. 331
Select Bibliographyp. 337
Indexp. 353
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ISBN: 9780198183655
ISBN-10: 0198183658
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 380
Published: 1st May 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.61