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This reference is a comprehensive guide to literature written 500 to 1500 A.D., a period that gave rise to some of the world's most enduring and influential works, such as Dante's Commedia, Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, and a large body of Arthurian lore and legend. While its emphasis is upon medieval English texts and society, this reference also covers Islamic, Hispanic, Celtic, Mongolian, Germanic, Italian, and Russian literature and Middle Age culture. Longer entries provide thorough coverage of major English authors such as Chaucer and Sir Thomas Malory, and of genre entries, such as drama, lyric, ballad, debate, saga, chronicle, and hagiography. Shorter entries examine particular literary works; significant kings, artists, explorers, and religious leaders; important themes, such as courtly love and chivalry; and major historical events, such as the Crusades. Each entry concludes with a brief biography. The volume closes with a list of the most valuable general works for further reading.
Bringing together scholarship on multilingual and intercultural medieval Britain like never before, The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain comprises over 600 authoritative entries spanning key figures, contexts and influences in the literatures of Britain from the fifth to the sixteenth centuries. A uniquely multilingual and intercultural approach reflecting the latest scholarship, covering the entire medieval period and the full tapestry of literary languages comprises over 600 authoritative yet accessible entries on key figures, texts, critical debates, methodologies, cultural and isitroical contexts, and related terminology Represents all the literatures of the British Isles including Old and Middle English, Early Scots, Anglo-Norman, the Norse, Latin and French of Britain, and the Celtic Literatures of Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Cornwall Boasts an impressive chronological scope, covering the period from the Saxon invasions to the fifth century to the transition to the Early Modern Period in the sixteenth Covers the material remains of Medieval British literature, including manuscripts and early prints, literary sites and contexts of production, performance and reception as well as highlighting narrative transformations and intertextual links during the period
Presents an A-to-Z reference to the writers and literature of the world during the Medieval period.
This classic resource on the world of the Sagas is now back in print. With full-page maps and useful supplementary photos, this acclaimed encyclopedia covers every aspect of Scandinavia during the Middle Ages, including rulers and saints, overviews of the countries, religion, education, politics and law, culture and material life, history, literature, and art. A valuable and absorbing volume for students of the Norse sagas, the Viking age, and Old English history and literature, and for anyone interested in the cultural and historical heritage of Scandinavia. Includes cross-references and comprehensive index.
"A unique witness to a debate central to medieval studies caught in all the fire of its initial explosion but tempered by the invitation to seek what the future may hold. . . . The issues are . . . embedded in a context that orients them in new directions."--Margaret Switten, Mount Holyoke College In these spirited essays, contributors across a broad spectrum reassess the study of the Middle Ages in the context of today's rapidly changing world. They address concerns ranging from the impact of the end of the cold war on medieval studies to the relationship between philology and twentieth-century poetry, to new views of the long-term history of sexuality. At the crux of the discussion lies the problem of how editors should treat the medieval text, the subject of renewed debate between scholars who believe that the editor and the printed book must enter into the reader's perception of the text and those who advocate a more direct analysis of the medieval manuscript source. The primary focus is on the study of the Middle Ages in France, but areas of concern extend to Spain, Italy, and Germany. Because the book includes disagreement and competing views of the state of medieval studies today, it allows the reader to gauge the breadth and depth of the debate and to anticipate directions of future study. Contents Introduction PHILOLOGY IN HISTORY Scholars at a Perilous Ford, by William D. Paden A Philological Invention of Modernism: Menéndez Pidal, García Lorca, and the Harlem Renaissance, by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht TRADITION AND INNOVATION Is There a New Textual Philology in Old French? Perennial Problems, Provisional Solutions, by Peter F. Dembowski The Future of Old French Studies in America: The "Old" Philology and the Crisis of the "New," by Rupert T. Pickens Philology and Its Discontents, by Stephen G. Nichols NEW DIRECTIONS Beyond the Borders of Nation and Discipline, by Joan M. Ferrante Old French Literature and the New Medievalism, by R. Howard Bloch William D. Paden is professor of French and chair, Department of French and Italian, Northwestern University. He is coeditor of The Poems of the Troubadour Bertran de Born and editor of The Voice of the Trobairitz: Perspectives on the Women Troubadours and of the two-volume edition of The Medieval Pastourelle, which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Book 1988-89.
This Encyclopedia gathers together the most recent scholarship on Medieval Italy, while offering a sweeping view of all aspects of life in Italy during the Middle Ages. This two volume, illustrated, A-Z reference is a cross-disciplinary resource for information on literature, history, the arts, science, philosophy, and religion in Italy between A.D. 450 and 1375. For more information including the introduction, a full list of entries and contributors, a generous selection of sample pages, and more, visit the Medieval Italy: An Encyclopedia website.
Chronologically arranged entries on more than 30 writers from the Middle Ages to the present trace the pervasive influence of Arthurian legend on world literature.

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