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York Notes Companions : Medieval Literature - Carole Maddern

York Notes Companions

Medieval Literature


Published: 14th June 2010
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The York Notes Companion to Medieval Literature spans five centuries of literature written after the Norman Conquest, a time in which enormous social, political and linguistic changes transformed life in Britain. Introducing medieval genres such as Arthurian romance, lyrics, dream narratives and mystery plays in their social and historical contexts, the Companion explores examples from each genre in detailed commentaries, and guides students through key literary theories and debates. Connecting texts with their historical and scholarly contexts, this is essential reading for any student of medieval literature.

Each York Notes Companion provides:

  • Analysis of key texts and debates
  • Extended commentaries for further in-depth analysis of individual texts
  • Exploration of historical, social and cultural contexts
  • Annotations clarifying literary terms and events in history
  • Modern theoretical perspectives in practice
  • Timelines and annotated further reading

Carole Maddern is a lecturer at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she is convenor of Old English and Deputy Chair of the External Degree English Programme.

"Maddern's textbook offers a clear overview of the major literary concerns of the medieval period."

- Recommended by the Times Higher Education Textbook Guide

Part One – Introduction

Part Two – A Cultural Overview

Part Three - Texts, Writers and Contexts

Fantasy and Fairy: the Breton Lay

Extended Commentary: Sir Orfeo

Short and (Bitter) Sweet: Medieval Lyrics

Extended Commentary: When the nyhtegale singes, the wodes waxen grene

The Many Faces of Arthurian Romance

Extended Commentary: Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Wife of Bath’s Tale’

Dream and Vision: A Space Odyssey

Extended Commentary: William Langland, Piers Plowman, Passus 18

Acting Up: Medieval Drama

Extended Commentary: The York ‘Play of the Crucifixion’

Chapter Eight: Mystical Love and Devotion

Extended Commentary: Nicholas Love, The Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ

Part Four - Critical Theories and Debates

The Emergent Individual

Gender and Power

Fun and Games

Society and Class

Part Five – References and Resources


Further reading


ISBN: 9781408204757
ISBN-10: 1408204754
Series: York Notes Companions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 14th June 2010
Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.2 x 15.4  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1