Summary: Medieval English Literature is the first volume of the comprehensive Oxford Anthology of English Literature to be published in a second, expanded, and fully revised edition. It provides an authoritative and representative selection from the vast riches of Anglo-Saxon and Middle English literature of the period between A.D. 700 and A.D. 1500. The texts appear either in full or in ample selections, fully glossed and annotated according to the most recent scholarship. I...show morentroductions to sections and texts and carefully chosen illustrations help to situate the works in their cultural context. In addition to a thoroughly revised and updated bibliography, this edition provides a full glossary of literary and historical terms.
In this second edition:
Anglo-Saxon poetry appears in modern verse translation. In addition to the whole of Beowulf (Edwin Morgan's translation), elegies, The Dream of the Rood, and The Battle of Maldon, there is a sampling of wisdom literature and of biblical epic made with particular reference to the situation of women in Anglo-Saxon society.
The generous choice of Chaucer's poetry, in a lightly modernized, glossed text, now includes, as well as the General Prologue and the tales of the Miller, the Nun's Priest, the Wife of Bath, the Franklin, and the Pardoner, an extract from The Legend of Good Women, and others from the Scottish Chaucerians Henryson and Dunbar.
For romance, the whole of the third book of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde and the entire text of Sir Orfeo, both glossed, have been added to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (revised translation by Keith Harrison). The selections from Malory's Morte Darthur have been augmented, as have the translated extracts from The Visions of Piers Plowman (with the account of the Harrowing of Hell).
Modernized versions of the Chester Play of Noah and the Seven Deadly Sins episode from The Castle of Perseverance join the Second Shepherds' Play and Everyman in the section on theater.
The lyrics section, which formerly contained only fourteenth-century works, now includes thirteenth-century poems that extend its representation of genre, its poetic range, and its emotional scope. The expansion enables this section to link with a notable innovation:
A new section entitled Women's Writing and Women's Experience, an introduction to Middle English prose written by and for women
Includes the complete texts of Beowolf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Sir Orfeo
Provides a generous selection of Chaucer's work
Features a new section on women's writing and experience
Presents a greatly improved selection of Anglo-Saxon poetry (including Anglo-Saxon Old Testament poetry)
Adds selections from Anglo-Saxon wisdom literature (such as riddles and gnomic verses)
Incorporates 57 illustrations to complement the texts and a map of medieval England on the inside cover
Edition/Copyright:2ND 02 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Oxford University Press Published: 02/21/2002 International: No
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Trapp, J. B. (Ed.) : University of London
Gray, Douglas (Ed.) : Oxford University
Boffey, Julia (Ed.) : Queen Mary, University of London
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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
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
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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