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

J. A. Burrow
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7 Feb 2008
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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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 2 edition (7 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199532044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199532049
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is the most effective introduction to Middle English literature that I know. It is everywhere alert to the ways that modern literary sensibilities need to be adjusted in order to appreciate the medieval norm, and Burrow combines astonishing learning with a pedagogical shrewdness that always picks out just the telling passage or focusing cultural fact. This second edition adds a great deal of new and equally important material to a work that had already become a classic in its own right. (Christopher Cannon, Girton College, Cambridge)

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J.A. Burrow is an Emeritus Professor and Research Fellow at the University of Bristol.

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This short book is an excellent introduction to Middle English literature, which it places in its historical context of production, circulation, etc. Despite its brevity, it covers a wide range of subjets and draws the reader's attention to many topics of interest to be explored further. It contains an excellent bibliography, is well written and avoids being dry.
I'd recommend it for anyone with a general interest in the time period as well as anyone studying Chaucer or Middle English Romance at undergraduate level who wants to know more about the time period.
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