The second half of the fourteenth century saw the flowering of middle english literature in the writings of geoffrey chaucer, william langland, and the gawain poet chaucer drew from the work of illustrious medieval italian writers such as dante, petrarch and boccaccio, as well as ancient roman poets. Plovdiv university faculty of philology department of english and american studies medieval and renaissance english literature english philology i the middle ages the anglo-saxon period (428-1100) 1. Preface this book is a new approach in medieval english studies unlike most medieval language books, which divide medieval english into two clear periods, we have sought to show how interconnected old and middle english can and must be. Middle english literature, english literature of the medieval period, c1100 to c1500 see also english literature and anglo-saxon literature background the norman conquest of england in 1066 traditionally signifies the beginning of 200 years of the domination of french in english letters.
I moved eighteenth-century fiction, exemplaria, journal of medieval and early modern studies, mfs, modernism/modernity, new literary history, novel: a forum on fiction, pmla, renaissance quarterly, representations and speculum to the comparative literature/theory page, since they do not focus exclusively on english literature. As the first cultural history of the sea in medieval english literature, this book traces premodern myths of insularity from their old english beginnings to shakespeare's tempest. Instead, creative medieval literature flourished primarily in vernacular languages that is, the native tongues of europe (as opposed to the scholarly tongues) by far the most renowned medieval genre is the heroic legend (composed in prose or narrative poetry), of which many were penned throughout the middle ages (ca 500-1500. Entries concerning english literature are expanded to include any number of texts that might be taught in courses in medieval english lit.
The norton chaucer david lawton a vibrant edition brings chaucer's complete works to lifemore the canterbury tales handbook elizabeth scala the essential student companion for reading and understandingmore. We'll go over some quick medieval history to situate some of the major literary works of the time period we're going from caedmon and beowulf, writing in old english, all the way up to sir thomas. The early middle english period poetry the norman conquest worked no immediate transformation on either the language or the literature of the english older poetry continued to be copied during the last half of the 11th century two poems of the early 12th century— durham, which praises that city's cathedral and its relics, and instructions for christians, a didactic piece. The medieval period, or the middle ages, spans about a thousand years between the fall of the roman empire, which occurred around 500 ce, and the beginning of the european renaissance, which was a bit later in england around 1500 ce.
This webpage is for dr wheeler's literature students, and it offers introductory survey information concerning the literature of classical china, classical rome, classical greece, the bible as literature, medieval literature, renaissance literature, and genre studies. The best medieval books, from travel writing and history to works of poetry say 'medieval literature' and a few names will spring to mind: geoffrey chaucer, dante, the anonymous author of beowulf. The middle ages is like no other period in the norton anthology of english literature in terms of the time span it covers caedmon's hymn , the earliest english poem to survive as a text ( nael 8, 125-27), belongs to the latter part of the seventh century. Medieval literature is a broad subject, encompassing essentially all written works available in europe and beyond during the middle ages (that is, the one thousand years from the fall of the western roman empire ca ad 500 to the beginning of the florentine renaissance in the late 15th century. The course moves from early to late medieval literature across the term, but those students who wish to specialise in medieval and renaissance literature may spend the first half of term attending the renaissance introductory course before returning to late medieval literature in the second half.
Reading list for english medieval literature (12th to the 16th century) as a historical field [students standing in this historical field are encouraged to demonstrate some knowledge of literature from the old english field as well as history of the english language as background. Medieval english literature [beatrice fannon] -- this new casebook brings together a wide range of original, scholarly essays on key figures and topics in medieval literature by leading academics the volume examines major authors such as chaucer,. Middle english literature: essays and articles extensive resource of textual criticism, scholarly and student essays, and articles on medieval texts. Religion-religion was an important element of social life in medieval ages,people were constantly in fear of hell and its torments were vitally concerned with the problem of salvation for their soulsthats why, religion writings form a greater part of middle english literature.
The term middle english literature refers to the literature written in the form of the english language known as middle english, from the 12th century until the 1470sduring this time the chancery standard, a form of london-based english became widespread and the printing press regularized the language. Medieval literature facts and interesting information about medieval life, specifically, medieval literature medieval literature - the dark ages and the bards english medieval literature had, so far as we know, no existence until christian times of the dark ages when latin was the language of english literature. English literature burst into full blossom with chaucer, but after chaucer there came in england for a century and a half none but the most pedestrian of poets worthier successors than lydgate and gower were born in the northern kingdom, and chief among them the royal poet james i. After the norman conquest in 1066, the english language began its gradual transformation from old english to middle english feudalism and chivalry are evident in much middle english literature the church was highly influential in daily life of the middle ages and in medieval literature.
This paper will give you the opportunity to explore a topic related to medieval literature through secondary sources of information you'll work to locate credible sources and evaluate the material you discover. Cambridge core - anglo saxon and medieval literature - the cambridge history of medieval english literature - edited by david wallace.
The assistant professor of english will teach medieval literature, history of the english language, grammar, and composition with secondary interests in some of the following areas: 18th century literature, restoration literature, world literatures, and an interest in digital humanities or new media studies. Read medieval english literature by with rakuten kobo this new casebook brings together a wide range of original, scholarly essays on key figures and topics in medieval liter. Most of literature in medieval times was oral and so there's an awful lot that was never written down what was written down and remains is probably the best of a huge collection with hundreds of versions of the same or similar stories.