Essays on Medieval Literature

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"This striking collection of essays on Middle English Literature is likely to give new hope to those scholars who have come to plod through the specialist journals with increasing weariness, since it indicates how much light can still be shed on even the most familiar Middle English works."--Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198111870
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations vi
1. Poems Without Contexts: The Rawlinson Lyrics 1
2. Chaucer's Knight's Tale And The Three Ages Of Man 27
3. Irony In The Merchant's Tale 49
4. Four Notes On Chaucer's Sir Thopas 60
I. An Agony in Three Fits 61
II. 'Listeth, Lordes' 66
III. The Title 'Sir' 69
IV. 'Worly under Wede' 74
5. The Action Of Langland's Second Vision 79
6. The Audience Of Piers Plowman 102
Postscript 113
7. Honour And Shame In Sir Gaw Ain And The Green Knight 117
8. Fantasy And Language In The Cloud Of Unknowing 132
9. Henryson: The Preaching Of The Swallow 148
10. The Poet As Petitioner 161
11. 'Young Saint, Old Devil': Reflections On A Medieval Proverb 177
12. Allegory: The Literal Level 192
Index 213
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