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Published: 15 April 2004

680 Pages | 11 halftones

ISBN: 9780199265534

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The Oxford English Literary History

Volume 2: 1350-1547: Reform and Cultural Revolution

James Simpson

Oxford English Literary History

  • Launching the 21st-century successor to the Oxford History of English Literature, this and its companion volume inaugurate a new era in literary history, with an emphasis not just on canonical texts and authors but on the contexts in which literature was written, and its relationship to its period.
  • The General Editor is Jonathan Bate, King Alfred Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool, and a major scholar of both the Renaissance and the Romantic periods.
  • Simpson provides a fresh and groundbreaking reassessment of the impact of the Reformation and Renaissance on English literature.
  • Reversing accepted truisms, he shows how the diversity characteristic of medieval literature - in terms of genre, audience, even language itself - was narrowed and simplified by the huge cultural changes of the early 16th century.
  • Ranges from Chaucer, Wyclif, and the Gawain-poet, and a host of less canonical writers and texts, to Wyatt, Leland, and Surrey and their novel poetic forms and new conceptions of history.