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Medieval Writers and their Work : Middle English Literature 1100-1500

Medieval Writers and their Work : Middle English Literature 1100-1500 - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0199532049

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ISBN13: 978-0199532049
ISBN10: 0199532044
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Edition: 2ND 08
Copyright: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Medieval Writers and their Work : Middle English Literature 1100-1500 - 2ND 08 edition

ISBN13: 978-0199532049

J. A. Burrow

ISBN13: 978-0199532049
ISBN10: 0199532044
Cover type:
Edition: 2ND 08
Copyright: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2008
International: No
Summary

In an updated edition of his hugely successful student introduction to English literature from 1100 to 1500, J.A. Burrow takes account of scholarly developments in the the field, most notably devoting a final chapter to the impact of historicism on medieval studies. Full of information and
stimulating ideas, and a pleasure to read, Burrow's book deals with circumstances of composition and reception, the main genres, "modes of meaning" (allegory etc.), and medieval literature's afterlife in modern times. It shows that the literature of authors such as Chaucer, Gower, and Langland is
more readily accessible than usually imagined, and well worth reading too. By placing medieval writers in their historical context - the four centuries between the Norman Conquest and the Renaissance - Professor Burrow explains not only how they wrote, but why.

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