New Perspectives on Middle English Texts: A Festschrift for R.A. Waldron

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Ronald A. Waldron, Susan Powell, Jeremy J. Smith
Boydell & Brewer, 2000 - 190 pages
The essays in this volume celebrate the career of the distinguished medievalist, Ronald Waldron. Fittingly, they focus on the Middle English alliterative tradition, but do not exclude material in other areas. Acting as a linking theme is a concern with the relationship of texts to their contexts, whether historical, philosophical, linguistic, or codicological. Topics discussed include feasting in Middle English alliterative poetry; setting and context in the works of the Gawain-poet; Henryson's Testament of Cresseid; Layamon; and Middle English verse in Chronicles.

Contributors: MALCOLM ANDREW, ROSAMUND ALLEN, RALPH HANNA, SUSAN POWELL, JANE ROBERTS, JEREMY SMITH, DEREK PEARSALL, N.F. BLAKE, JULIA BOFFEY, A.S.G. EDWARDS, JANET COWEN, ROGER DAHOOD, ELTON D. HIGGS, GEORGE KANE.
 

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Contents

Performance and Structure in The Alliterative Morte Arthure
17
Feasting in Middle English Alliterative Poetry
31
Reading Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
55
Two Notes on La3amons Brut
75
The Links in the Canterbury Tales
107
A Selective Middle English
129
Temporal and Spiritual Indebtedness in the Canterbury Tales
151
Henrysons
169
Index
183
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