Later Medieval English Literature

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198122180
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/15/2008
  • Pages: 650
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Gray was educated at Wellington College and Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He moved to Oxford in 1954, and spent his academic life there, first as a Fellow of Pembroke College, then from 1980 as the first J.R.R. Tolkein Professor, at Lady Margaret Hall. His numerous publications include The Oxford Book of Late Medieval Verse and Prose (with Norman Davis and others); The Oxford Companion to Chaucer; and the Penguin edition of the Selected Poems of Robert Henryson and William Dunbar.

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Table of Contents

Preface Abbreviations Chronology
I: Introduction
1. The World: Centres and Edges
2. Bodies, Souls, and Minds
3. Media: Image and Word
II: Prose
4. 'Practical' Prose
5. Malory and Prose Romance
6. Later Prose Romance: Caxton to Berners
7. Tales, Jests, and Novelles in Prose
8. 'Book of Ensaumples and Doctryne': The Prose of Moral Instruction
9. Religious Prose I: Introduction, Lollards and Answers to Them; Sermons and Books of Religious Instruction
10. Religious Prose II: Mystical and Visionary Writing; Religious Narratives; Devotional Texts; The Eve of the Reformation
III: Poetry
11. Hoccleve and Lydgate
12. Learned, Encyclopedic, and Didactic Verse
13. 'Chaucerian' Poems
14. Lyrics
15. Romances and Tales
16. Hawes, Barclay, and Skelton
IV: Scottish Writing
17. Introductory
18. Verse: Wintoun, Hary, The Kingis Quair, The Qare of Jelusy, The Buke of the Howlat
19. Robert Henryson; Narratives and Romances in Verse
20. William Dunbar and Gavin Douglas
V: Drama
21. Prologue
22. Mystery Cycles I
23. Mystery Cycles II
24. Morality Plays and Interludes Works Cited Index

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