Medieval English Literature

ISBN-10: 0195134923
ISBN-13: 9780195134926
Edition: 2nd 2001 (Revised)
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Description: This succinct and authoritative anthology of medieval English literature is the first volume of The Oxford Anthology of English Literature, Second Edition. Emphasizing texts that give students first-hand access to significant aspects of the Middle  More...

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List price: $62.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/21/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 650
Size: 6.15" wide x 9.15" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

This succinct and authoritative anthology of medieval English literature is the first volume of The Oxford Anthology of English Literature, Second Edition. Emphasizing texts that give students first-hand access to significant aspects of the Middle Ages, this collection reveals the vast riches of medieval literature in English, from Anglo-Saxon times to the fifteenth century. Significantly revised and expanded to reflect the contemporary canon, this new edition features editorial introductions based on the latest scholarly research; newly edited and annotated versions of many of the texts; a section on women's writing and experiences; new and better illustrations; and a longer and updated bibliography. Medieval English Literature, 2/e includes the complete texts of Beowulf (Edwin Morgan Translation) and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (revised Keith Harrison translation). It provides a generous selection of Chaucer's work including "General Prologue," "Miller's Prologue and Tale," "Nun's Priest's Tale," "Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale," "Franklin's Prologue and Tale," "Pardoner's Prologue and Tale," "Thisbe," and Books I and II of "Trolius and Criseyde." The volume also includes Sir Orfeo, a greatly improved selection of Anglo-Saxon poetry, and selections from Anglo-Saxon wisdom literature (including riddles and gnomic verses). All selections are printed either in their entirety or in substantial extracts, and the editors situate them in the historical, intellectual, and cultural milieu in which they were produced, recited, or written down. The texts are introduced and annotated in an instructive yet unobtrusive manner, promoting students' understanding, evaluation, and enjoyment of them as literature. Medieval English Literature, 2/e is an exceptional text for courses in medieval English literature, old and middle English literature, and English literature 600-1500.

Editors' Preface
Introduction: Medieval English Literature
Old English Poetry
Caedmon's Hymn
Beowulf
Judith from The Death of Holofernes
Elegies
The Wanderer
The Wife's Complaint
The Husband's Message
Wulf and Eadwacer
Engimas and Wisdom
The Queen and the Frisian Wife
Riddles
Genesis B from The Temptation of Eve
The Dream of the Rood
The Battle of Maldon
Geoffrey Chaucer, c. 1343-1400
The Canterbury Tales General Prologue
The Miller's Prologue and Tale
The Nun's Priest's Prologue and Tale
Two Other Fox Stories from The Bestiary from Robert Henryson, Fables The Fox and the Wolf
The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
William Dunbar from The Two Married Women and the Widow
The Franklin's Prologue and Tale
Gentilesse
The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale
from The Legend of Good Women The Legend of Thisbe of Babylon
Troilus and Criseyde
Robert Henryson The Complaint of Cresseid
Chaucer's Words unto Adam, His Own Scribe
Chaucer's Retractions
Romance
Sir Orfeo
Thomas the Rhymer
The Land of Cokaygne
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Sir Thomas Malory from Morte Darthur [The Birth of Arthur and the Sword in the Stone] [The Fair Maid of Astolat] [The Death of Arthur]
The Visions Of Piers Plowman from the Prologue from Passus I from Passus XVIII
Theater
The Wakefield Second Shepherds' Play
The Chester Play of Noah
Everyman
from The Castle of Perseverance: The Seven Deadly Sins
Women's Writing And Women's Experience
Ancrene Wisse (A Guide for Anchoresses)
Holy Maidenhood (A Letter on Virginity)
Saint Scholastica
The Book of Margery Kempe
What So Men Sayn
Middle English Lyrics
Spring
Now Springs the Spray
Sumer is Ycomen In
The Thrush and the Nightingale
Alison
Separated Lovers
Western Wind
He Is Far
I Have a Young Sister
The Maid of the Moor
The Agincourt Carol
Bring Us In Good Ale
I Have Set My Heart So High
All Too Late
A Woman Sat Weeping
Divine Love
I Sing of a Maiden
Of One That Is So Fair and Bright
Adam Lay Ybounden
Corpus Christi Carol
Ballads
The Cherry-Tree Carol
The Two Magicians
The Carpenter's Wife [The Demon Lover]
The Wife of Usher's Well
The Unquiet Grave
Lord Randel
The Three Ravens
The Birth of Robin Hood
Sir Patrick Spence
William Dunbar, c. 1460-c. 1514
Lament for the Makers
William Caxton, 1415/24-1492
The Proem to The Canterbury Tales from the Preface to The Aeneid
Glossary
Suggestions for Further Reading
Author and Title Index
First-Line Index

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