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Essays on Ricardian Literature
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Essays on Ricardian Literature develops issues and themes first broached in John Burrow's ground-breaking book Ricardian Poetry and incorporates a bibliography of his published writings, which have revolutionized critical appreciation of medieval literature. The contributors to this volume, all leading scholars in the field, explore such areas as the status of Anglo-Latin and the influence of French culture on the Ricardian court, offer radical rereadings of some more familiar works, such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Patience, and demonstrate how closely the literature of the period is bound up with political and social conditions. Written in honour of John Burrow, to mark his deep and beneficial influence upon the study of medieval literature, the 15 essays in this volume combine to provide a detailed and thorough examination of medieval literature, from the Middle English romance and Italian Trecento poetics to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and Langland's Piers Plowman.
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Preface ; 1. A Ricardian I: The Narrator of Troilus and Criseyde ; 2. Pre-empting Closure in The Canterbury Tales: Old Endings, New Beginnings ; 3. Women's Piety and Women's Power: Chaucer's Prioress Reconsidered ; 4. From Muses to Blacksmiths: Italian Trecento Poetics and the Reception of Dante in The House of Fame ; 5. French Culture and the Ricardian Court ; 6. Anglo-Latin in the Ricardian Age ; 7. Looking for a Sign: The Quest for Nominalism in Chaucer and Langland ; 8. Ricardian Trouthe: A Legal Perspective ; 9. Ricardian Romance? Critiques and Vindications ; 10. The World and Heart of Thomas Usk ; 11. The Perfection of the Pentangle and of Sir Gawain in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight ; 12. The Pearl-Poet in his Fayre Regioun ; 13. Patience and Authority ; 14. From Ricardian Poetry to Ricardian Studies ; 15. J. A. Burrow: A Bibliography

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the book is well conceived, in a way fetschriften often are not, and executed with a high level of scholarly and critical acumen. This collection of papers does a good deal by itself and should have the effect of stimulating more such work, towards realizing the project John Burrow conceived in Ricardian Poetry: 'a truly synoptic view' of Ricardian culture. * David R. Carlson, Arthuriana * This important collection of essays written in homage to J.A. Burrow is to be recommended as a survey of state-of-the -art studies in the literary production of late medieval England ... The exceptionally high quality of the scholarship and judgement in the essays is a tribute indeed. * Elizabeth Fowler, Medium Aevum, LXIX. * the ... essay by Charlotte Morse ... is ... a frank, well-informed intellectual history of the field ... and invites us to look at scholarship in the context of our shifting landscape of professional institutions. One wishes she would continue this thoughtful work in yearly instalments. * Elizabeth Fowler, Medium Aevum, LXIX. * Ardis Butterfield's supberb, learned account of the role of French culture in the Ricardian court moves gracefully among a range of methods and kinds of evidence. * Elizabeth Fowler, Medium Aevum, LXIX. * She conveys an impressively thorough and original view of the Ricardian world that is well worth the extra pages allowed by the editors. * Elizabeth Fowler, Medium Aevum, LXIX. * The fourteen essays, written by Burrow's friends, colleagues, and former students, help not only to define more clearly the nature of Burrow's impact on medieval studies today; the represent, too, a variety of intellectual disciplines and critical approaches, providing medievalists with an impressive array of studies of the major works and authors of Ricardian Enland. * Ann R. Meyer, TMR 00.08.07. *

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