The Invention of Middle English : an anthology of primary sources /
[edited by] David Matthews.
University Park, PA : Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000.
x, 244 p. ; 24 cm.
0271020822 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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University Park, PA : Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000.
0271020822 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [242]-244).
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David Matthews is lecturer in medieval English literature at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-07-01:
Matthews (Univ. of Newcastle, Australia) offers the amateur and beginning student of Middle English (c. 1760-c. 1870) excerpts of key sources. Like Matthews's excellent The Making of Middle English, 1765-1910 (1999), this collection differs from the several studies of single periods of "medievalism" because it traces the full prehistory of the discipline, from linguistic and cultural concepts of what is now called "Middle English" to samples of the appreciative and editorial approaches to such writings. The editor provides judicious excerpts--and (where necessary) serviceable translations--of works by 18th-century independent antiquaries, mid-19th-century book-club editors, and the first academic scholars of Middle English in the later 19th century. Post-1870 scholars, notably Furnivall and most of Skeat, are not well represented here because their work is available elsewhere. It is humbling and liberating to witness the historical visions and intellectual categories of each period, which evoke unfinished possibilities for "Middle English" and also remind the reader of its foundational historical role for all modern literary studies. Accessible and authoritative (one date, p. 10, should be 1814 not 1514; otherwise immaculately produced). All academic collections A. Galloway Cornell University
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Table of Contents
Abbreviationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
George Hickesp. 15
Thomas Wartonp. 19
Jacob Grimmp. 22
Robert Gordon Lathamp. 23
George Craikp. 26
Eduard Matzner and Clair James Grecep. 30
George Marshp. 33
C. Friedrich Kochp. 39
John Earlep. 42
T. L. Kington Oliphantp. 51
Henry Sweetp. 52
Richard Morrisp. 54
James Murrayp. 55
Literary criticism and commentary
Thomas Hearnep. 61
Thomas Percyp. 66
Thomas Wartonp. 79
Joseph Ritsonp. 92
George Ellisp. 117
Walter Scottp. 138
Henry Weberp. 158
Thomas Dunham Whitakerp. 170
Edward Vernon Uttersonp. 181
Robert Southeyp. 186
James Heywood Marklandp. 188
David Laingp. 193
Frederic Maddenp. 196
Henry Hallamp. 204
James Halliwellp. 209
John Robsonp. 212
Francisque Michelp. 214
Thomas Wrightp. 219
Walter William Skeatp. 227
Select Bibliographyp. 242
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