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This concise companion examines contexts that are essential to understanding and interpreting writing in English produced in the period between approximately 1100 and 1500. The essays in the book explore ways in which Middle English literature is 'different' from the literature of other periods. The book includes discussion of such issues as the religious and historical background to Middle English literature, the circumstances and milieux in which it was produced, its linguistic features, and the manuscripts in which it has been preserved. Amongst the great range of writers and writings discussed, the book considers the works of the most widely read Middle English author, Chaucer, against the background of the period that he both typifies and subverts. An accessible resource that examines contexts essential to understanding and interpreting writing of the Middle English period Chapters explore the distinctiveness of Middle English literature Brings together discussion and analysis by an international team of Middle English specialists, incorporating fresh material and new insights Includes analysis of Chaucer's writings, and considers them in relation to the work of his Middle English predecessors, contemporaries and successors Incorporates discussion of issues steering the perception of Middle English literature in the present day

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405120043
ISBN-10: 1405120045
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 159mm x 22mm)
Pages: 282
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Apr-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Marilyn Corrie

Marilyn Corrie is a lecturer in English at University College London. She specializes in Middle English literature, and has published essays on writing and manuscripts of the early Middle English period, Sir Thomas Malory's Morte Darthur , and the history of the English language in the medieval period. She is the author of a forthcoming book about Malory's Morte Darthur and religion in the late Middle Ages.

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