The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume 2, the Middle Ages
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Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume 2, the Middle Ages by Alastair Minnis
Book DescriptionThis is the first-ever history of the literary theory and criticism produced during the Middle Ages that covers all the main traditions in Latin, the major European vernaculars and Byzantine Greek. Starting with the study of grammar and the formal 'arts' of poetry, letter-writing and preaching, it proceeds to offer a full description of the Latin commentary tradition on classical and classicising literature, followed by explanations of medieval views on literary imagination and memory and the ways in which certain texts were believed to achieve moral profit through pleasure. Subsequent essays explore the diverse theoretical and critical traditions which developed in the vernacular languages, ranging from Medieval Irish to Old Norse, Occitan to Middle High German, concentrating particularly on Dante and his commentators and Italian humanist criticism. The volume concludes with an examination of the attitudes to literature and its uses in Greek Byzantium.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521300070
(228mm x 152mm x 50mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alastair Minnis
Cambridge Introduction to Chaucer, Hardback (October 2014)
A lively, accessible and wide-ranging introduction to the life and work of the fourteenth-century poet Geoffrey Chaucer.
Translations of Authority in Medieval English Literature, Paperback (January 2012)
Leading critic Alastair Minnis investigates the relationships between authority and the vernacular in the literature of late medieval England.
Jew in the Medieval Book, Hardback (January 2007)
Bale examines how anti-semitic images developed and came to endure far beyond the Middle Ages.
'Floire and Blancheflor' and the European Romance, Paperback (November 2006)» View all books by Alastair Minnis
A comparative study of Floire and Blancheflor and its versions in medieval and Renaissance Europe, first published in 1997.
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Author Biography - Alastair Minnis
Alastair Minnis is Distinguished Humanities Professor at Ohio State University. Ian Johnson is Senor Lecturer in English at the University of St Andrews.
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