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Medieval Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Elaine Treharne

September 2015

ISBN: 9780199668496

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Looking at literature from Medieval Britain and Ireland, including Anglo-Latin and Anglo-Norman poetry, prose and drama, this Very Short Introduction covers the earliest beginnings of print culture, and considers major themes of these works, such as sin and salvation, kingship and authority, myth and the monstrous.

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Looking at literature from Medieval Britain and Ireland, including Anglo-Latin and Anglo-Norman poetry, prose and drama, this Very Short Introduction covers the earliest beginnings of print culture, and considers major themes of these works, such as sin and salvation, kingship and authority, myth and the monstrous.

  • Demonstrates the tremendous range of literature produced in the British Isles during the Medieval millennium
  • Provides a detailed overview of the evolution and complexity of Medieval texts
  • Places well-known works such as Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales alongside lesser known texts
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Elaine Treharne, Professor of English, Stanford University

Elaine Treharne is Professor of English at Stanford University and Visiting Professor of Medieval Literature at the University of Leicester. She is the author or editor of more than two-dozen books and fifty articles, focusing principally on Old and Middle English Literature and Medieval manuscripts. Her current research projects concern the materiality of text and the importance of the senses in understanding early poetry and prose in its physical and cultural contexts. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Historical Society, a Trustee of the English Association, and a General Editor of Oxford Textual Perspectives, and Essays and Studies.

Table of Contents

    1:Endings and Beginnings
    2:Recording Culture, c. 450-1450
    3:Textual Production and Reception
    4:Literary Audiences, Literary Identities
    5:Individual and Community
    6:The Mighty and the Monstrous
    7:Love and Longing
    8:Death and Judgement
    9:Patronage and Ownership
    10:Coda: Reimagining the Medieval
    Timeline
    Terms and genres
    Further reading
    Index