From medieval to medievalism

John Simons (Editor)

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The book surveys medieval literature from both a critical and an historical standpoint. Medieval literature is increasingly seen as an area of intense specialism which is to be treated differently from other areas of English studies. The essays collected here try to overturn this perception in two ways. Firstly, there is a demonstration of the ways in which modern critical approaches and perspectives work with the medieval text. Secondly, the idea of the medieval is shown, historically, to be a discourse which has been given different symbolic values and served different social purposes. The first half of the book contains essays on feminist and structural approaches to the medieval text as well as a polemical evaluation of post-structuralist criticism and an introduction to modern approaches to manuscript studies. In the second half medievalism is analyzed through case-studies from the Renaissance, the eighteenth century and the nineteenth century.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherSt Martin's Press
Number of pages161
ISBN (Print)9780312068059
Publication statusPublished - 1992

Publication series

PublisherSt. Martin's Press


  • English literature--History and criticism
  • Civilization, Medieval, in literature
  • Medievalism--England--History
  • Middle Ages in literature

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