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From «Beowulf» to Caxton

Studies in Medieval Languages and Literature, Texts and Manuscripts

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Edited By Tomonori Matsushita, A.V.C. Schmidt and David J. Wallace

Senshu University has hosted many international conferences on medieval English literature – primarily on Geoffrey Chaucer and William Langland – as well as in the related fields of Old Germanic, medieval French and Renaissance Italian literature. These international collaborations inform and contribute to the present volume, which addresses the heritage bequeathed to medieval English language and literature by the classical world.
This volume explores the development of medieval English literature in light of contact with Germanic and Old Norse cultures, on the one hand, and Romance languages, on the other. The book includes a comparative study of Beowulf in the Germanic context, discusses aspects of Piers Plowman and its tradition, and offers philological approaches to Chaucer (especially his Troilus and Criseyde). The articles assembled here collectively suggest how the torches of classical learning were carried from continental Europe to illuminate the pages of medieval English literature.

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Notes on Contributors Helen Barr is Fellow and Tutor of Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, where she teaches Old and Middle English Language and Shake- speare. Her published work includes critical editions of The Piers Plowman Tradition (1993) and The Digby Poems (2009). She is the author of Signes and Sothe: Language in the Piers Plowman Tradition (1994) and Socioliter- ary Practice in Late Medieval England (2001). Graham D. Caie is Professor of English Language and Vice Principal of the University of Glasgow. His research publications are in Old and Middle English Language and Literature, in particular manuscript studies (Medieval Texts in Context, co-ed. with Denis Renevey (2008)), editing texts (The Old English Judgement Day II (2000), and digitizing manu- scripts such as the Middle English Romaunt of the Rose (). Sylvia Huot is Professor of Medieval French Literature and a Fellow of Pembroke College, University of Cambridge. She has published widely on late medieval French literature, especially the Roman de la Rose and the Roman de Perceforest. Her most recent book is Dreams of Lovers and Lies of Poets: Poetry, Knowledge, and Desire in the Roman de la Rose (2010). Mitsu Ide is Professor of English in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tokyo Metropolitan University. He teaches Old English and the History of English. Masa Ikegami is Professor Emeritus at Keio University, Tokyo. Her research has focused on Middle English pronunciation. She is the author of Rhyme and Pronunciation: Some Studies of English Rhymes from ‘Kyng...

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