Reading the Middle Ages: An Introduction to Medieval Literature / Edition 1

Reading the Middle Ages: An Introduction to Medieval Literature / Edition 1

by Theodore L. Steinberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786416483

ISBN-13: 9780786416486

Pub. Date: 05/29/2003

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Medieval literature is separated from us by so many centuries that it may seem completely foreign, both in its concerns and its techniques. However, this literature has much to say to 21st century readers and Steinberg's book demonstrates its continuing relevance and appeal.

This introduction to medieval literature provides some of the cultural context that

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Medieval literature is separated from us by so many centuries that it may seem completely foreign, both in its concerns and its techniques. However, this literature has much to say to 21st century readers and Steinberg's book demonstrates its continuing relevance and appeal.

This introduction to medieval literature provides some of the cultural context that readers need to know in order to understand the literature, such as the religious orientation of the people, often deep and sincere but sometimes treated casually or subjected to intense scrutiny. The first chapter provides a brief explanation of medieval religious thought, cosmology and intellectual history. The remaining chapters provide introductions to a number of individual works ranging from Beowulf to the works of Chaucer. Avoiding the tendency to regard the Middle Ages as an era dominated by Christian men, these discussions include works by women writers and Jewish writers and a chapter on the medieval Japanese masterpiece The Tale of Genji.

Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786416486
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/29/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
IBeowulf
IIChretien de Troyes
IIIThe Lais of Marie de France
IVThe Romance of The Rose
VThe Tale of Genji
VIJewish Literature
VIISagas
VIIIDante
IXPearl and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
XChaucer
Epilogue (But Not a Retraction): From the Author to the Reader
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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