9780195134926

The Oxford Anthology of English Literature Volume 1: Medieval English Literature

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    9780195134926

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    0195134923

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-02-21
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

Medieval English Literature is the first volume of the comprehensive Oxford Anthology of English Literature to be published in a second, expanded, and fully revised edition. It provides an authoritative and representative selection from the vast riches of Anglo-Saxon and Middle Englishliterature of the period between AD 700 and AD 1500. The texts are presented either in full or in ample selections, helpfully and fully glossed and annotated according to the most recent scholarship. They are situated in their cultural context through general and particular introductions and throughthe carefully chosen illustrations, many of them new. Texts, annotations, introductions, and the bibliography have been thoroughly revised and brought up to date, and there is a full glossary of literary and historical terms. Anglo-Saxon poetry appears in modern verse translation. In addition to the whole of Beowulf (Edwin Morgan's translation), elegies, The Dream of the Rood, and The Battle of Maldon, there is a sampling of wisdom literature and of biblical epic made with particular reference to the situation ofwomen in Anglo-Saxon society. The generous choice of Chaucer's poetry, in a lightly modernized, glossed text, now includes, as well as the General Prologue and the tales of the Miller, the Nun's Priest, the Wife of Bath (with her Prologue), the Franklin, and the Pardoner, an extract from The Legendof Good Women, and others from the Scottish Chaucerians Henryson and Dunbar. For romance, the whole of the third book of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde and the entire text of Sir Orfeo, both glossed, have been added to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (revised translation by Keith Harrison). Theselections from Malory's Morte Darthur have been augmented, as have the translated extracts from The Visions of Piers Plowman (with the account of the Harrowing of Hell). Modernized versions of the Chester Play of Noah and the Seven Deadly Sins episode from The Castle of Perseverance join the SecondShepherds' Play and Everyman in the Theater section. Ballads and lyric poetry have also been changed and amplified to link with a notable innovation: the section entitled Women's Writing and Women's Experience, an introduction to Middle English prose written by and for women.

Table of Contents

Editors' Preface viii
Introduction: Medieval English Literature xi
Old English Poetry
1(110)
Caedmon's Hymn
1(1)
Beowulf
2(76)
Judith
78(3)
from The Death of Holofernes
79(2)
Elegies
81(8)
The Wanderer
81(4)
The Wife's Complaint
85(1)
The Husband's Message
86(2)
Wulf and Eadwacer
88(1)
Enigmas and Wisdom
89(1)
The Queen and the Frisian Wife
89(1)
Riddles
90(3)
Genesis B
93(1)
from The Temptation of Eve
93(1)
The Dream of the Rood
94(6)
The Battle of Maldon
100(11)
Geoffrey Chaucer, c. 1343--1400
111(221)
The Canterbury Tales
122(26)
General Prologue
124(24)
The Miller's Prologue and Tale
148(19)
The Nun's Priest's Prologue and Tale
167(19)
Two Other Fox Stories
186(1)
from The Bestiary
186(1)
from Robert Henryson, Fables
187(5)
The Fox and the Wolf
188(4)
The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
192(33)
William Dunbar
225(4)
from The Two Married Women and the Widow
225(4)
The Franklin's Prologue and Tale
229(23)
Gentilesse
252(1)
The Pardoner's Prologue and Tale
252(18)
from The Legend of Good Women
270(6)
The Legend of Thisbe of Babylon
271(5)
Troilus and Criseyde
276(48)
Robert Henryson
324(5)
The Complaint of Cresseid
325(4)
Chaucer's Words unto Adam, His Own Scribe
329(1)
Chaucer's Retractions
330(2)
Romance
332(107)
Sir Orfeo
333(16)
Thomas the Rhymer
349(3)
The Land of Cokaygne
352(4)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
356(61)
Sir Thomas Malory
417(22)
from Morte Darthur
417(1)
[The Birth of Arthur and the Sword in the Stone]
418(5)
[The Fair Maid of Astolat]
423(10)
[The Death of Arthur]
433(6)
The Visions of Piers Plowman
439(21)
from The Prologue
441(6)
from Passus I
447(6)
from Passus XVIII
453(7)
Theater
460(70)
The Wakefield Second Shepherds' Play
466(21)
The Chester Play of Noah
487(9)
Everyman
496(22)
from The Castle of Perseverance: The Seven Deadly Sins
518(12)
Women's Writing and Women's Experience
530(17)
Ancrene Wisse (A Guide for Anchoresses)
534(1)
Holy Maidenhood (A Letter on Virginity)
534(4)
Saint Scholastica
538(2)
The Book of Margery Kempe
540(5)
What So Men Sayn
545(2)
Middle English Lyrics
547(22)
Spring
549(1)
Now Springs the Spray
550(1)
Sumer Is Ycomen In
550(1)
The Thrush and the Nightingale
551(5)
Alison
556(1)
Separated Lovers
557(1)
Western Wind
558(1)
He Is Far
558(1)
I Have a Young Sister
558(1)
The Maid of the Moor
559(1)
The Agincourt Carol
560(1)
Bring Us in Good Ale
561(1)
I Have Set My Heart So High
562(1)
All Too Late
562(1)
A Woman Sat Weeping
563(1)
Divine Love
564(1)
I Sing of a Maiden
565(1)
Of One That Is So Fair and Bright
566(1)
Adam Lay Ybounden
567(1)
Corpus Christi Carol
568(1)
Ballads
569(16)
The Cherry-Tree Carol
571(2)
The Two Magicians
573(2)
The Carpenter's Wife [The Demon Lover]
575(1)
The Wife of Usher's Well
576(2)
The Unquiet Grave
578(1)
Lord Randal
579(1)
The Three Ravens
580(1)
The Birth of Robin Hood
581(2)
Sir Patrick Spence
583(2)
William Dunbar, c. 1460--c. 1514/15
585(4)
Lament for the Makers
585(4)
William Caxton, 1415/24--1492
589(6)
The Proem to The Canterbury Tales
590(2)
from The Preface to The Aeneid
592(3)
Glossary 595(20)
Suggestions for Further Reading 615(8)
Author and Title Index 623(2)
First-Line Index 625

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