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Medieval Literature: Criticism and Debates combines classic critical essays alongside newer voices and approaches, highlighting the crucial criticism and vibrant debates on medieval literature throughout history. Holly Crocker and D. Vance Smith present a fascinating collection of essays from the leading contemporary scholars of medieval literature and culture, examining topics including gender, sexuality, politics, belief, language, nationhood, science and desire. The volume sheds light on critical discussions of the Medival period and shows how the study of Medieval literature is still relevant and exciting in the twenty-first century. Each section is thoroughly introduced and the essays display the differing debates on key areas, providing a springboard for readers to establish their own study, arguments and opinions. Further reading sections and a glossary of key terms, people, works and events make this volume an accessible and important resource for those studying literature from the Medieval period and beyond.