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English Medieval Literature

This guide was created for the course EN385: English Medieval Literature offered by the Department of English, Southern Connecticut State University.

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Old English Literature

The Aesthetics of Nostalgia : Historical Representation in Old English Verse

The Anglo-Saxon Literature Handbook

Anglo-Saxon Oral Poetry: a Study of the Traditions

The Art and Background of Old English Poetry

The Cambridge Companion to Old English Literature

The Cambridge Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Literature

The Christ of Cynewulf

Class and Gender in Early English Literature: Intersections

A Companion to Anglo-Saxon Literature

A Companion to Old and Middle English Literature

The Construction of Christian Poetry in Old English

Cynewulf and his Poetry

Cynewulf Structure, Style, and Theme in his Poetry

Doctrine and Poetry: Augustine's Influence on Old English Poetry

English Literature from the Norman Conquest to Chaucer

Gnomic Poetry in Anglo-Saxon

Hero and Exile: the Art of Old English Poetry

The History of Early English Literature: Being the History of English Poetry from its Beginnings to the Accession of King Ælfred

A History of Old English Literature

Innovation and tradition in the writings of the Venerable Bede

The Interpretation of Old English Poems

The Junius Manuscript

The Lyric Speakers of Old English Poetry

Old and Middle English Literature

Old English and Middle English Poetry

The Old English Elegies: a Critical Edition and Genre Study

The Old English Exodus /Text, Translation, and Commentary by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Old English Rune Poem: A Critical Edition

Paradise, Death, and Doomsday in Anglo-Saxon Literature

Ruling Women : Queenship and Gender in Anglo-Saxon Literature

Satan Unbound: the Devil in Old English Narrative Literature

Select Translations from Old English Poetry

The Solomon Complex: Reading Wisdom in Old English Poetry

Textual Histories: Readings in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

Two Literary Riddles in the Exeter book : Riddle 1 and The Easter riddle: a Critical Edition with Full Translations

Unlocking the Wordhord: Anglo-Saxon Studies in Memory of Edward B. Irving, Jr.

Verse and virtuosity: the adaptation of Latin rhetoric in Old English Poetry

Visible Song: Transitional Literacy in Old English Verse

English Medieval Literature

Anglicizing Romance: Tail Rhyme and Genre in English Medieval Literature  

Biblical Paradigms in Medieval English Literature: From Caedmon to Malory

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Literature, 1100-1500

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Theatre

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women's Writing

The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature

The Cambridge Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Literature

A Companion to Medieval English Literature and Culture c. 1350- c.1500

A Companion to Medieval Poetry

A Companion to Medieval Popular Romance

The Creation of Lancastrian Kingship: Literature, Language and Politics in Late Medieval England

Deformed Discourse: the Function of the Monster in Mediaeval Thought and Literature

Documentary Culture and the Making of Medieval English Literature

Domestic Violence in Medieval Texts

Early English Devotional Prose and the Female Audience

Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature

The English Language in Medieval Literature

English Medieval Narrative in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries

Feminist Readings in Middle English Literature: the Wife of Bath and all Her Sect

Festivals and Plays in Late Medieval Britain

Figures of Life and Death in Medieval English Literature

Fourteenth-century English Poetry: Contexts and Readings

Gender and Medieval Drama

Greenery: Ecocritical Readings of Late Medieval English Literature

Guide to English Literature from Beowulf through Chaucer and Medieval English Drama

Hidden from history: reclaiming the gay and lesbian past

Key concepts in Medieval Literature

Lies, Slander and Obscenity in Medieval English Literature: Pastoral Rhetoric and the Deviant Speaker

Literature and Pulpit in Medieval England: A Neglected Chapter in the History of English Letters and of the English People

Magic and the Supernatural in Medieval English Romance

The Medieval British Literature Handbook

Medieval English Drama : Performance and Spectatorship

Medieval English Literature

Medieval English Literature

Medieval English Romance in Context

Medieval Oral Literature

Medieval Romance and the Construction of Heterosexuality

Memory, Images and the English Corpus Christi Drama

Middle English Literature: A Cultural History

Mindful Spirit in Late Medieval Literature: Essays in honor of Elizabeth D. Kirk 

The Monstrous Middle Ages

The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literatures in English

Parliament and Literature in Late Medieval England

Performances of the Sacred in Late Medieval and Early Modern England

Pestilence in Medieval and Early Modern English Literature

Pilgrimage in Medieval English Literature, 700-1500

The Presence of Medieval English Literature: Studies at the Interface of History, Author and Text in a Selection of Middle English Literary Landmarks

Rape and Ravishment in the Literature of Medieval England

Ricardian poetry: Chaucer, Gower, Langland and the Gawain-Poet

The Sea and Medieval English Literature

The Seven Deadly Sins; an Introduction to the History of a Religious Concept, with Special Reference to Medieval English Literature

'This earthly Stage' : World and Stage in Late Medieval and Early Modern England

Wonderful to Relate : Miracle Stories and Miracle Collecting in high Medieval England

Writing the Oral Tradition: Oral Poetics and Literate Culture in Medieval England

Arthurian Legends, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Art and Tradition in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

The Arthur of the English: The Arthurian Legend in Medieval English Life and Literature

The Arthurian Encyclopedia

Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages: A Collaborative History

The Arthurian Tradition

Before Malory: Reading Arthur in Later Medieval England

The Challenge of the Green Knight

A Companion to the Gawain-Poet

Culture and the King: the Social Implications of the Arthurian Legend 

The Fortunate Fall of Sir Gawain: the Typology of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

The Gawain Poems: a Reference Guide 1978-1993

The Gawain-Poet: A Critical Study

Language and Imagination in the Gawain Poems

The Legend of Sir Gawain: Studies Upon its Original Scope and Significance

Medieval Sign Theory and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

New Directions in Arthurian Studies

On Arthurian Women : Essays in Memory of Maureen Fries

The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend

The Pearl Poems: An Omnibus Edition

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A New Critical Edition

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Reference Guide

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight : Sources and Analogues

Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady

Sir Gawain at the Grail Castle

Sovereign Fantasies : Arthurian Romance and the Making of Britain

Syr Gawayne; a Collection of Ancient Romance-Poems, by Scotish and English Authors, Relating to that Celebrated Knight of the Round Table

Trawthe and Treason : the Sin of Sir Gawain Reconsidered : a Thematic study of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight