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A Concise Companion to Middle English Literature

Edited by: Marilyn Corrie
eISBN: 9781405120043
Print publication date: 2009


Subject Literature » Medieval Literature

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405120043.2009.x

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A Concise Companion to Middle English Literature

This collection of essays on Middle English literature examines contextual issues that are key to the understanding and interpretation of a distinctive period of writing. The essays are unified around the concept that Middle English literature is ‘different’ from the literature of other periods in particular ways, and that it is this difference that makes it especially fascinating for readers. The resource offers readers who are approaching Middle English literature for the first time the information that they need to understand a period that is sometimes perceived to be arcane; but the incorporation of new material and insights makes the Concise Companion essential reading also for specialists in the field. Information about the period is tied throughout to the analysis of texts.

The collection integrates exploration of Chaucer's writings with consideration of his Middle English predecessors, contemporaries and successors. Often isolated from other Middle English writers, Chaucer is examined in the context of the period that he both typifies and subverts.

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Corrie, Marilyn (ed). A Concise Companion to Middle English Literature. Blackwell Publishing, 2009. Blackwell Reference Online. 16 January 2017 <http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/book.html?id=g9781405120043_9781405120043>



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