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Routledge Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture


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Before Emotion: The Language of Feeling, 400-1800

Before Emotion: The Language of Feeling, 400-1800

1st Edition

Juanita Feros Ruys, Michael W. Champion, Kirk Essary
February 05, 2019

Before Emotion: The Language of Feeling, 400-1800 advances current interdisciplinary research in the history of emotions through in-depth studies of the European language of emotion from late antiquity to the modern period. Focusing specifically on the premodern cognates of ‘affect’ or ‘affection’...

Avid Ears: Medieval Gossips, Sound and the Art of Listening

Avid Ears: Medieval Gossips, Sound and the Art of Listening

1st Edition

Christine M Neufeld
December 19, 2018

Arguing that women’s "silencing" is in part the result of women’s voices being treated as the white noise of history, Avid Ears: Medieval Gossips, Sound, and the Art of Listening explores the historical representation of female voices as actual acoustic phenomena. The volume focuses on English...

Zöopedagogies: Creatures as Teachers in Middle English Romance

Zöopedagogies: Creatures as Teachers in Middle English Romance

1st Edition

Bonnie J. Erwin
November 26, 2018

The human protagonists of medieval romance are works in progress. They are learners, taught by an unexpected set of teachers: non-human animals including horses, hawks, lions, and the various quarry of the hunt. These "creature teachers" show humans how to be more perfectly human—how to love, fight...

From Medievalism to Early-Modernism: Adapting the English Past

From Medievalism to Early-Modernism: Adapting the English Past

1st Edition

Marina Gerzic, Aidan Norrie
November 05, 2018

From Medievalism to Early-Modernism: Adapting the English Past is a collection of essays that both analyses the historical and cultural medieval and early modern past, and engages with the medievalism and early-modernism—a new term introduced in this collection—present in contemporary popular...

Forging Boethius in Medieval Intellectual Fantasies

Forging Boethius in Medieval Intellectual Fantasies

1st Edition

Brooke Hunter
October 17, 2018

Forging Boethius in Medieval Intellectual Fantasies reconsiders the influence of the thirteenth-century Pseudo-Boethian forgery De disciplina scolarium on medieval understandings of Boethius (d. 524). Tracing the medieval popularity of De disciplina’s reimagined vision of Boethius alongside the...

Mary Magdalene in Medieval Culture: Conflicted Roles

Mary Magdalene in Medieval Culture: Conflicted Roles

1st Edition

Peter Loewen, Robin Waugh
August 23, 2018

This innovative and multidisciplinary collection visits representations and interpretations of Mary Magdalene in the medieval and early modern periods, questioning major scholarly assumptions behind the examination of female saints and their depictions in medieval artworks, literature, and music....

Disability and Knighthood in Malory’s Morte Darthur

Disability and Knighthood in Malory’s Morte Darthur

1st Edition

Tory Pearman
July 26, 2018

This book considers the representation of disability and knighthood in Malory’s Morte Darthur. The study asserts that Malory’s unique definition of knighthood, which emphasizes the unstable nature of the knight’s physical body and the body of chivalry to which he belongs, depends upon disability....

Beowulf's Popular Afterlife in Literature, Comic Books, and Film

Beowulf's Popular Afterlife in Literature, Comic Books, and Film

1st Edition

Kathleen Forni
June 04, 2018

Beowulf's presence on the popular cultural radar has increased in the past two decades, coincident with cultural crisis and change. Why? By way of a fusion of cultural studies, adaptation theory, and monster theory, Beowulf's Popular Afterlife examines a wide range of Anglo-American retellings and...

Toleration and Tolerance in Medieval European Literature

Toleration and Tolerance in Medieval European Literature

1st Edition

Albrecht Classen
March 13, 2018

Toleration and Tolerance in Medieval European Literature aims to examine and unearth the critical investigations of toleration and tolerance presented in literary texts of the Middle Ages. In contrast to previous approaches, this volume identifies new methods of interpreting conventional...

Storytelling as Plague Prevention in Medieval and Early Modern Italy: The Decameron Tradition

Storytelling as Plague Prevention in Medieval and Early Modern Italy: The Decameron Tradition

1st Edition

Martin Marafioti
December 19, 2017

Through close readings of five Italian collections of novellas written over a 500-year period, Martin Marafioti explores the literary tradition of storytelling, and particularly its efficacy as a healing tool following traumatic visitations from the plague. In this study, Giovanni Boccaccio's...

Language and Community in Early England: Imagining Distance in Medieval Literature

Language and Community in Early England: Imagining Distance in Medieval Literature

1st Edition

Emily Butler
May 05, 2017

This book examines the development of English as a written vernacular and identifies that development as a process of community building that occurred in a multilingual context. Moving through the eighth century to the thirteenth century, and finally to the sixteenth-century antiquarians who...

The Signifying Power of Pearl: Medieval Literary and Cultural Contexts for the Transformation of Genre

The Signifying Power of Pearl: Medieval Literary and Cultural Contexts for the Transformation of Genre

1st Edition

Jane Beal
December 02, 2016

This book enhances our understanding of the exquisitely beautiful, fourteenth-century, Middle English dream vision poem Pearl. Situating the study in the contexts of medieval literary criticism and contemporary genre theory, Beal argues that the poet intended Pearl to be read at four levels of...

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