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Later medieval English literature /
Douglas Gray.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
description
xiii, 712 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
9780198122180
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
isbn
9780198122180
catalogue key
6642767
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-11-01:
This volume provides innovative interpretations of British literature of the 15th century. Gray divides the 24 essays into four broad sections: "Prose" (7 essays), "Poetry" (6 essays), "Scottish Writing" (4 essays), and "Drama" (4 essays). He also provides three introductory essays. The aim of the collection is not to summarize existing knowledge but rather to promote fresh speculation for future scholarship and critical thinking. Resisting and challenging the consensus on the various topics, these essays foster debate, highlight unresolved issues, and pose new inquiries. In effect, the volume challenges the traditional literary histories of the late Middle Ages. Among the prose Gray considers are works by Thomas Malory; romances, tales, and jests; books of moral instruction; religious prose; and mystical and visionary writing. The essays on poetry focus on Thomas Hoccleve and John Lydgate, "Chaucerian" poems (some apocrypha but also works issuing from the traditions that influenced Chaucer), lyrics, romances, and tales. The essays on Scottish writing highlight the tradition and influences that distinguish this strain of writing. Uniformly well written and provocative, this collection will stimulate a revisionist understanding of the literature of an era that has been codified in handbooks, anthologies, and reference works. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. A. C. Labriola Duquesne University
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"Gray's book will be successfull...in bringing the English and Scots writing of the period to the attention of a wider audience and to beginners in the field." --Journal of English and Germanic Philology
"Gray's literary history can be profitably consulted as a first look into writings, well known (Skelton) and lesser known (John Capgrave'sAbbreviation of Chronicles), of the long fifteenth century...Gray's study is refreshing and demonstrates the value of a single critic's presenting his evaluation of a period of English literature." --Speculum "Gray's book will be successfull...in bringing the English and Scots writing of the period to the attention of a wider audience and to beginners in the field." --Journal of English and Germanic Philology
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Summaries
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A guide to the literature written in English from the death of Chaucer to the early 16th century from one of the period's pre-eminent literary scholars.
Long Description
The remarkable and diverse literature produced in the fascinating later medieval period - one of war, transitions, and challenges - is not as widely known as it deserves to be. In this descriptive guide the pre-eminent scholar of medieval literature Douglas Gray provides the non-specialist reader with an illuminating account of the extensive literature written in English from the death of Chaucer to the early sixteenth century . Placing the works under considerationin their landscape of cultural history, Gray's survey includes a valuable chronology, an informative introductory survey, and detailed sections on prose, poetry, Scottish writing, and drama.
Main Description
The remarkable and diverse literature produced in the fascinating later medieval period - one of war, transitions, and challenges - is not as widely known as it deserves to be. In this descriptive guide the pre-eminent scholar of medieval literature Douglas Gray provides the non-specialist reader with an illuminating account of the extensive literature written in English from the death of Chaucer to the early sixteenth century . Placing the works under consideration in their landscape of cultural history, Gray's survey includes a valuable a chronology, an informative introductory survey, and detailed sections on prose, poetry, Scottish writing, and drama.
Main Description
The remarkable and diverse literature produced in the fascinating later medieval period - one of war, transitions, and challenges - is not as widely known as it deserves to be. In this descriptive guide the pre-eminent scholar of medieval literature Douglas Gray provides the non-specialistreader with an illuminating account of the extensive literature written in English from the death of Chaucer to the early sixteenth century . Placing the works under consideration in their landscape of cultural history, Gray's survey includes a valuable a chronology, an informative introductorysurvey, and detailed sections on prose, poetry, Scottish writing, and drama.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
List of Abbreviationsp. ix
Chronologyp. x
Introduction
The World: Centres and Edgesp. 3
Bodies, Souls, and Mindsp. 45
Media: Image and Wordp. 94
Prose
'Practical' Prosep. 157
Malory and Prose Romancep. 179
Later Prose Romance: Caxton to Bernersp. 205
Tales, Jests, and Novelle in Prosep. 218
'Books of Ensaumples and Doctryne': The Prose of Moral Instructionp. 229
Religious Prose I: Introduction: Lollards and Answers to Them; Sermons and Books of Religious Instructionp. 246
Religious Prose II: Mystical and Visionary Writing; Religious Narratives; Devotional Texts; the Eve of the Reformationp. 270
Poetry
Hoccleve and Lydgatep. 307
Learned, Encyclopedic, and Didactic Versep. 326
'Chaucerian' Poemsp. 344
Lyricsp. 355
Romances and Talesp. 381
Hawes, Barclay, and Skeltonp. 411
Scottish Writing
Introductoryp. 441
Verse: Wintoun, Hary, The Kingis Quair, The Quare of Jelusy, The Buke of the Howlatp. 464
Robert Henryson: Narratives and Romances in Versep. 486
William Dunbar and Gavin Douglasp. 533
Drama
Introductoryp. 567
Mystery Cycles I: Old Testamentp. 599
Mystery Cycles II: New Testamentp. 633
Morality Plays and Interludesp. 666
Indexp. 703
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