Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature: Middle English

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These original essays mean to provoke rather than reassure, to challenge rather than codify. Instead of summarizing existing knowledge after the fashion of the now-ubiquitous literary 'companions,' these essays aim at opening fresh discussion; instead of emphasizing settled consensus they direct their readers to areas of enlivened and unresolved debate. Although 'major authors' such as Chaucer and Langland are richly represented, many little-known and neglected texts are considered as well. Analysis is devoted not only to self-sufficient works, but to the general conditions of textual production and reception. Contributors to this collection include some recognized and admired names, but also a good many newer faces: younger scholars whose groundbreaking research is just coming into full view, and whose perspectives will influence the terms of literary discussion in the decades to come. Encouraged to speculate, they have addressed topics that unsettle previous categories of investigation. Each is oriented toward the emergent, the unfinalized, the yet-to-be-done. Each essay stirs new questions and concludes with suggestions for further reading and investigation that will allow readers to extend their own research into the questions it has raised.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199559398
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/25/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Strohm is Anna S. Garbedian Professor of Humanities at Columbia University. He was previously J.R.R. Tolkien Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford, and, before that, taught at Indiana University for many years.

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Table of Contents

Introduction, Paul Strohm
Conditions and Contexts
Manuscript Matrix, Modern Canon, Carol Symes
Multilinguality, Robert Stein
Multilinguality on the Page, Chistopher Baswell
Translation, Michelle Warren
Aurality, Joyce Coleman
Temporalities, Carolyn Dinshaw
Symbolic Economies, Diane Cady
Textual Authority, Elizabeth Steiner
Institutions, D. Vance Smith
Form, Christopher Cannon
Episode, Elizabeth Allen
Beauty, Maura Nolan
Imaginative Theory, Nicolette Zeeman
Feeling, Sarah McNamer
Conflict, Marion Turner
Textual Kinds and Categories
Nomenclature, Alfred Hiatt
Liturgy, Bruce Holsinger
Visionary Writing, Jessica Brantley
Sanctity, Karen Winstead
Speculative Genealogies, Matthew Giancarlo
Incarnational (Auto)biography, Nancy Bradley Warren
Drama as Textual Practice, Sheila Lindenbaum
Vernacular Theology, Vincent Gillespie
Heresy and Humanism, Andrew Cole
Writing and the World
Authorial Work, Kellie Robertson
How to Live, Stephanie Trigg
Gossip, Susie Phillips
Poetics of Practicality, Lisa Cooper

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