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York Notes Companions : Medieval Literature - Carole Maddern

York Notes Companions

Medieval Literature

By: Carole Maddern (Contribution by)

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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

 

Timelines

 

Further reading

 

Index

ISBN: 9781408204757
ISBN-10: 1408204754
Series: York Notes Companions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 14th June 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.2 x 15.4  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1