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  1. General Bibliography 66 items
    1. Narrative Theory, Medieval and Modern 17 items
      1. The Knight Sets Forth - Eric Auerbach 1953

        Chapter Recommended

      2. Narrative - Paul Cobley 2001

        Book Recommended

      3. Rhetoric, Poetics, and the Forms of Fiction - Rita Copeland, Ineke Sluiter 2009

        Chapter Recommended

      4. Medieval Narrative: An Introduction - W. A. Davenport 2004

        Book Recommended

      5. The Law of Genre - Jacques Derrida 1981

        Chapter Recommended

      6. The Cambridge Companion to Narrative - David Herman 2007

        Book Recommended

      7. The Narrative Reader - Martin McQuillan 2000

        Book Recommended

      8. Narrative Ethics - Adam Zachary Newton 1997

        Book Recommended

      9. Narratology - Gerald Prince 1995 (electronic book)

        Chapter Recommended

      10. A Dictionary of Narratology - Gerald Prince 1988

        Book Recommended

      11. Narrative Time - Paul Ricouer 1981

        Chapter Recommended

    2. Literary and historical contexts 49 items
      1. Old English 18 items
        1. The Anglo-Saxon Literature Handbook - Mark Amodio 2014

          Book Recommended

        2. The Anglo-Saxon Literature Handbook - Mark Amodio 2013 (electronic book)

          Book Recommended

        3. Old English Literature: A Short Introduction - Daniel Donoghue 2004

          Book Recommended

        4. Old English Literature: A Short Introduction - Daniel Donoghue 2007 (electronic book)

          Book Recommended

        5. A History of Old English Literature - R. D. Fulk, Christopher M. Cain, Rachel S. Anderson 2003

          Book Recommended

        6. A History of Old English Literature - R. D. Fulk, Rachel S. Anderson, Christopher M. Cain 2003 (electronic book)

          Book Recommended

        7. The Cambridge Companion to Old English Literature - Malcolm Godden, Michael Lapidge 1991

          Book Recommended

        8. The Cambridge Companion to Old English Literature - Malcolm Godden, Michael Lapidge 2013 (electronic resource)

          Book Recommended

        9. Old English Literature: Critical Essays - R. M. Liuzza 2002

          Book Recommended

        10. Old English Literature: Critical Essays - R. M. Liuzza 2002 (electronic book)

          Book Recommended

        11. A Companion to Anglo-Saxon Literature - Phillip Pulsiano, Elaine M. Treharne 2008

          Book Recommended

        12. A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies - Jacqueline A. Stodnick, Renée Rebecca Trilling 2012

          Book Recommended

        13. A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies - Jacqueline A. Stodnick, Renée Rebecca Trilling 2012 (electronic resource)

          Book Recommended

      2. Middle English 24 items
        1. Middle English Literature: A Cultural History - Christopher Cannon 2008

          Book Recommended

        2. Middle English Literature: A Cultural History - Christopher Cannon 2008 (electronic book)

          Book Recommended

        3. The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Culture - Andrew Galloway 2011 (electronic resource)

          Book Recommended

        4. A Social History of England, 1200-1500 - Rosemary Horrox, W. M Ormrod 2006

          Book Recommended

        5. Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe - Richard W. Kaeuper 1999

          Book Recommended

        6. Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe - Richard W. Kaeuper 1999 (electronic book)

          Book Recommended

        7. Poets and Power From Chaucer to Wyatt - Robert John Meyer-Lee 2009

          Book Recommended

        8. A Companion to Medieval Poetry - Corinne J. Saunders 2010

          Book Recommended

        9. A Companion to Medieval Poetry - Corinne J. Saunders 2010 (electronic resource)

          Book Recommended

        10. Middle English - Paul Strohm 2007

          Book Recommended

        11. Middle English - Paul Strohm 2007 (electronic book)

          Book Recommended

        12. A Handbook of Middle English Studies - Marion Turner 2013

          Book Recommended

        13. A Handbook of Middle English Studies - Marion Turner 2013 (electronic book)

          Book Recommended

        14. The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature - David Wallace 1999 (electronic resource)

          Book Recommended

      3. Boccaccio's Decameron 7 items
        1. Mimesis : The Representation of Reality in Western Literature - Erich Auerbach 1953

          Book Recommended ‘Frate Alberto’, pp. 203-231.

        2. Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature - Erich Auerbach 1953

          Book Recommended ‘Frate Alberto’, pp. 203-231.

        3. A Rhetoric of the Decameron - Marilyn Migiel 2003

          Book Recommended

        4. The Cambridge Companion to Boccaccio - Rhiannon Daniels, Rhiannon Daniels, Stephen J. Milner, Stephen J. Milner 2015 (electronic book)

          Book Recommended

  2. Week 1: Welcome Week 0 items
  3. Week 2: Introduction to Medieval Narrative and the Old English Genesis 11 items
    1. Text 1 item
    2. Reading 10 items
      1. Old Testament Narratives - Daniel Anlezark 2011

        Book Essential

      2. Genesis: A New Edition - Alger N. Doane 1978

        Book Recommended

      3. Biblical Literature: The Old Testament - Malcolm Godden 1991

        Chapter Recommended

      4. Biblical Literature: The Old Testament - Malcolm Godden 1991 (electronic resource)

        Chapter Recommended

  4. Week 3: The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and The Battle of Maldon 11 items
    1. Text 1 item
      1. Selections from the *Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and *The Battle of MaldonYou may want to read more widely through the Chronicle (there are a number of translations available; the one by Swanton listed below is only the most recent).

    2. Reading 10 items
      1. Heroic Values and Christian Ethics - Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe 1991

        Chapter Essential

      2. Heroic Values and Christian Ethics - Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe 2013 (electronic book)

        Chapter Essential

      3. The Battle of Maldon AD 991 - Donald G. Scragg (ed.) 1991

        Book Essential

  5. Week 4: Beowulf, 1 12 items
    1. Text 2 items
      1. 
Please read *Beowulf at least once in translation, preferably one you have not read before. There are many available in the Library; it can be especially useful to compare an old one with a recent one. Do not rely solely on Heaney's poem!

      2. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation - R. M. Liuzza (ed.) 2000

        Book Essential

    2. Reading 10 items
      1. A Beowulf Handbook - Robert Bjork (ed.), John Niles (ed.) 1998

        Book Essential probably not a book you should try to read straight through, but essential for research on almost any topic related to this poem

      2. The Art of Beowulf - Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur 1959

        Book Recommended

      3. The 'Improvised Lay' in Beowulf - Norman E. Eliason 1952

        Article Recommended

      4. A reading of Beowulf - Edward Burroughs Irving 1968

        Book Recommended

      5. A Critical Companion to Beowulf - Andy Orchard 2003

        Book Essential pp. 238-64

      6. Beowulf and the Appositive Style - Fred C. Robinson 1985

        Book Essential

  6. Week 5: Beowulf, 2 12 items
    1. Reading 12 items
      1. Epitaphs for Æglæcan: Narrative Strife in Beowulf - Ian Duncan 2007 (electronic book)

        Chapter Recommended

      2. Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics - J. R. R. Tolkien 1937

        Book Essential also in ‘Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics’, Proceedings of the British Academy 22 (1936), 245-95 [and elsewhere—e.g. Drout]

        • Reprinted in:

      3. Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics - J. R. R. Tolkein 1963

        Chapter Recommended

        • Also reprinted in:

      4. Beowulf - Harold Bloom 1987

        Book Recommended

      5. Beowulf - Harold Bloom 2007 (electronic book)

        Book Recommended

  7. Week 6: The Dream of the Rood 13 items
    1. Text 5 items
      1. The Dream of the Rood: supplied on Moodle , but also widely available in anthologies. See, among others:

         

        • Bradley, S. A. J., trans., Anglo-Saxon Poetry (London: J. M. Dent and Sons, 1982) 
        • 
Crossley-Holland, Kevin, trans., The Anglo-Saxon World (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell, 1982)
        • Gordon, R. K., trans., Anglo-Saxon Poetry (London: Dent, 1926)
        • Hamer, Richard, ed. and trans., A Choice of Anglo-Saxon Verse (London: Faber, 1970)

         

      2. The Anglo-Saxon World - Kevin Crossley-Holland 2002

        Book Recommended

      3. Anglo-Saxon Poetry - R. K. Gordon 1976

        Book Recommended

      4. A Choice of Anglo-Saxon Verse - R. F. S. Hamer 1970

        Book Recommended

    2. Reading 8 items
        • Reprinted in:

      1. Structural Principles in Old English Poetry - Neil D. Isaacs 1968

        Book Recommended

  8. Week 7: Reading Week 0 items
  9. Week 8: Boccaccio, The Decameron, I 22 items
    1. Text 4 items
      1. The Decameron - Giovanni Boccaccio, G. H. McWilliam (trans.) 1995

        Book Essential The introduction especially.

      2. OR

      3. The Decameron - Giovanni Boccaccio, Guido Waldman (trans.), Jonathan Usher (intro.) 1993

        Book Essential

      4. For this class you are expected to read the following:

         

        From Boccaccio's Decameron: the Author's prologue; Introduction to Day I; introduction to Day IV; Author's Epilogue; Day 2, story 10; 3, 1 and 10; 5, 4; 7, 2; 9, 10. 

    2. Critical Readings: 1 item
      1. A Rhetoric of the Decameron - Marilyn Migiel 2003

        Book Essential pp. 64-82

    3. Further Bibliography: 17 items
      [N.B.: you are not expected to read all this - just browse and find what is relevant/interesting to you in order to match the set topics]
      1. The Myth of the Hero in Boccaccio - Vittore Branca 1976

        Chapter Further

      2. Boccaccio Medievale - Vittore Branca 1970

        Book Further

      3. Critical Perspectives on the 'Decameron' - Robert S. Dombroski 1976

        Book Further

      4. Religion and the Clergy in Boccaccio's Decameron - Cormac Ó. Cuilleanáin 1984

        Book Further

      5. Nature and Reason in the Decameron - Robert Alistair Bartley Gordon Hastings 1975

        Book Further

      6. The Sign of Reason in Boccaccio's Fiction - Victoria Kirkham 1993

        Book Further

      7. The World at Play in Boccaccio's Decameron - Giuseppe Mazzotta 1986

        Book Further

      8. Giovanni Boccaccio - David Wallace 1991

        Book Further

      9. Everson, J. E., Boccaccio and the Renaissance novella, Study Guide for the External BA in Italian (available through the tutor).

      10. Studi Sul Boccaccio

        Book Further The journal devoted to Boccaccio (shelved with Boccaccio not as a journal) carries articles also in English.

      11. Decameron

        Website Further This website is excellent and carries an extensive and up-to-date bibliography. A visit is highly recommended.

  10. Week 9: Boccaccio, The Decameron, part 2 3 items
    1. Reading 1 item
      1. For this class you are expected to read the following:

        From Boccaccio's Decameron: Day VI,1 and 2; Days I-V especially: I, 1; II,5; III, 1; IV, 5; V, 8 and 9; Days VI-X especially: VI,10; VII 2; VIII, 3; IX 2 and 3; X, 10.

    2. Critical Readings: 2 items
      1. Frate Alberto - Eric Auerbach 1953

        Chapter Essential

  11. Week 10: Dante, The Divine Comedy 1 item
    1. Preliminary Reading 1 item
      1. Dante: A Very Short Introduction - Peter Hainsworth, David Robey 2015

        Book Essential

  12. Week 11: Chaucer's 'Knight's Tale' 11 items
    1. Key Text 1 item
      1. The Knight’s Tale - Geoffrey Chaucer 2008

        Chapter Essential

    2. Secondary reading 10 items
      1. The Canterbury Tales I - J. A. Burrows 2003

        Chapter Further this chapter is also in the earlier 1986 edition

      2. The Canterbury Tales I - J. A. Burrow 2004 (electronic book)

        Chapter Further

      3. Chaucer and Pagan Antiquity - A. J. Minnis 1982

        Book Further chapter on the Knight’s Tale

      4. Genre in and of the Canterbury Tales - Judith Ferster 2006

        Chapter Further

      5. Genre in and of the Canterbury Tales - Judith Ferster 2006 (electronic book)

        Chapter Further

  13. Week 12: John Lydgate, The Siege of Thebes 9 items
    1. Text 3 items
      1. Siege of Thebes - John Lydgate

        Webpage Essential available online at TEAMS

        • or alternatively in:

      2. The Siege of Thebes - John Lydgate, Robert Edwards (ed.) 2001

        Book Essential

    2. Reading 6 items
      1. The Siege of Thebes: Lydgate’s Canterbury Tale - Rosamund Allen 1991

        Chapter Recommended

      2. John Lydgate - Derek Pearsall 1970

        Book Recommended chapters on ‘Chaucer and the Literary Background’ and ‘Troy and Thebes’

      3. Reform and Cultural Revolution - James Simpson 2002

        Book Essential chapter two

  14. Week 17: Medieval Dream Vision - Sources and Traditions 6 items
    1. Key texts 1 item
      1. The following are available in a handout which you can collect from the plastic folder outside my office (IN215) or scanned on Moodle

         

        Cicero, The Dream of Scipio (Somnium Scipionis) handout

        The Book of Revelation: chapters 1, 4-10 handout

        Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy (extracts) handout

        Roman de la Rose handout

    2. Secondary Reading: 5 items
      1. Authorship and First-Person Allegory in Late Medieval France and England - Stephanie A. V. G. Kamath 2012

        Book Further Chapter 1

      2. Authorship and First-Person Allegory in Late Medieval France and England - Stephanie A. V. G. Kamath 2012 (electronic book)

        Book Further Chapter 1

      3. Dreaming in the Middle Ages - Steven F. Kruger 1992 (electronic book)

        Book Further

      4. Medieval Dream-Poetry - A. C. Spearing 1976

        Book Further

  15. Week 18: The Romance of the Rose 37 items
    1. Primary Text 1 item
      1. The Romance of the Rose - Jean de Meun, Guillaume de Lorris, Frances Horgan (trans.) 1994

        Book Essential 'The Garden of Pleasure,' 'The Spring of Narcissus,' and 'The Advice of Reason'

    2. Criticism 36 items
      1. Knowing Poetry: Verse in Medieval France from the Rose to the Rhétoriqueurs - Adrian Armstrong, Sarah Kay, Rebecca Dixon 2011

        Book Further

      2. The Romance of the Rose Illuminated - Alcuin Blamires, Gail C. Holian 2002

        Book Further

      3. The Romance of the Rose - Sarah Kay 1995

        Book Further

  16. Week 19: The Lais of Marie de France 33 items
    1. Primary Text 1 item
      1. The Lais of Marie De France - Glyn S. Burgess, Keith Busby, Marie 1999

        Book Essential ‘Guigemar’, ‘Bisclavret’, and ‘Lanval’

    2. Criticism 32 items
      1. The Manuscripts of Marie de France - Keith Busby 2011

        Chapter Further

      2. The Manuscripts of Marie de France - Keith Busby 2011 (electronic book)

        Chapter Further

      3. Marie de France: A Critical Companion - Sharon Kinoshita, Peggy McCracken 2012

        Book Further

      4. Marie de France: A Critical Companion - Sharon Kinoshita, Peggy McCracken 2012 (electronic resource)

        Book Further

      5. Marie de France - Roberta L. Kruger 2003

        Chapter Further

      6. Marie de France - Roberta L. Kruger 2003 (electronic book)

        Chapter Further

      7. Marie de France and the Learned Tradition - Emanuel J. Mickel 2011

        Chapter Further

      8. Marie de France and the Learned Tradition - Emanuel J. Mickel 2011 (electronic book)

        Chapter Further

      9. Marie de France and the Poetics of Memory - Logan E. Whalen 2008

        Book Further

      10. The Prologues and Epilogues of Marie de France - Logan E. Whalen 2011

        Chapter Further

      11. The Prologues and Epilogues of Marie de France - Logan E. Whalen 2011 (electronic book)

        Chapter Further

  17. Week 20: Romance: Chrétien de Troyes, Erec and Enide 12 items
    1. Text 1 item
      1. Erec and Enide - Chrétien de Troyes 1991

        Chapter Essential

    2. Reading 11 items
      1. The Shape of Romance in Medieval France - Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner 2000

        Chapter Recommended

      2. The Shape of Romance in Medieval France - Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner 2000 (electronic book)

        Chapter Recommended

      3. Chretien de Troyes - Matilda Tomaryn Brucker 2008

        Chapter Recommended

      4. Chretien de Troyes - Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner 2008 (electronic book)

        Chapter Recommended

      5. The Art of Medieval French Romance - Douglas Kelly 1992

        Book Recommended

      6. The Art of Medieval French Romance - Douglas Kelly 1992 (electronic book)

        Book Recommended

      7. A Companion to Chrétien de Troyes - Norris J. Lacy, Joan Tasker Grimbert 2005

        Book Recommended

      8. A Companion to Chrétien De Troyes - Norris J. Lacy, Joan Tasker Grimbert 2005 (electronic book)

        Book Recommended

  18. Week 21: Arthurian Romance: Chrétien de Troyes,Yvain 6 items
    1. Text 1 item
      1. Yvain - Chrétien de Troyes 1991

        Chapter Essential

    2. Reading 5 items
      1. The Shape of Romance in Medieval France - Matilda Tomaryan Bruckner 2000

        Chapter Recommended

      2. The Shape of Romance in Medieval France - Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner 2000 (electronic book)

        Chapter Recommended

      3. Chretien de Troyes: Yvain - Tony Hunt 1986

        Book Recommended

      4. The Dialectic of Yvain - Tony Hunt 1977

        Article Recommended

      5. The Nature of Romance - W. T. H. Jackson 1974

        Article Recommended

  19. Week 22: Reading Week 0 items
  20. Week 23: Chaucer, The Book of the Duchess 37 items
    1. Primary text 1 item
      1. The Book of the Duchess - Geoffrey Chaucer 2007

        Chapter Essential

    2. Other Editions, and Further Primary Reading 3 items
      1. Chaucer's Dream Poetry - Geoffrey Chaucer, Helen Phillips (ed.), N. R. Havely (ed.) 1997

        Book Recommended

      2. The Book of the Duchess - Geoffrey Chaucer 2008

        Chapter Recommended

    3. Criticism 33 items
      1. Chess, Clocks, and Counsellors in Chaucer's Book of the Duchess - Guillemette Bolens, Paul Beekman Taylor 2001

        Article Further

      2. Chaucer and Chess - Margaret Connolly 1994

        Article Further

      3. Chaucer's Queer Poetics: Rereading the Dream Trio - Susan Schibanoff 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book Further

      4. The Dream Visions - Deanne Williams 2006

        Chapter Further

  21. Week 24: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 30 items
    1. Primary text 1 item
    2. Other editions and further primary reading 4 items
      1. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - J. R. R. Tolkien (ed.), E. V. Gordon (ed.) 1925

        Book Recommended

      2. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - J. R. R. Tolkien (ed.), E. V. Gordon (ed.), Norman Davis (ed.) 1967 (electronic book)

        Book Recommended

    3. Criticism 25 items
      1. A Companion to the Gawain-Poet - Derek Brewer, Jonathan Gibson 1997

        Book Further

      2. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Kevin Gustafson 2006

        Chapter Further

      3. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Kevin Gustafson 2007 (electronic book)

        Chapter Further

      4. Gawain and the Gift - Britton J. Harwood 1991

        Article Further

      5. The Gawain-Poet - Sarah Stanbury 2009

        Chapter Further

      6. The Gawain-Poet - Sarah Stanbury 2009 (electronic resource)

        Chapter Further

  22. Week 25: Piers Plowman 1: The Confessions of the Sins 17 items
    1. Primary texts 2 items
      1. The Vision of Piers Plowman: A Critical Edition of the B-Text - William Langland, A. V. C. Schmidt (ed.) 1978

        Book Essential passus 5, ll. 1-509a

      2. Piers Plowman: A New Annotated Edition of the C-Text - William Langland 2014

        Book Essential passus 5, ll.1-108

    2. Other editions, and further primary reading 2 items
      1. Piers Plowman: The B Version - William Langland, George Kane (ed.), E. Talbot Donaldson (ed.) 1975

        Book Recommended

      2. Piers Plowman: The C Version - William Langland, George Russell (ed.), George Kane (ed.) 1997

        Book Recommended

    3. Criticism 13 items
      1. Satire - John A. Yunk 1988

        Chapter Further

  23. Week 26: Piers Plowman, 2: The Pilgrimage to Truth 18 items
    1. Primary text 1 item
      1. The Vision of Piers Plowman: A Critical Edition of the B-Text - William Langland, A. V. C. Schmidt (ed.) 1978

        Book Essential passus 5, l. 510 - passus 7, l. 201

    2. Criticism 17 items
      1. Poverty and Poor People in Piers Plowman - Derek Pearsall 1988

        Chapter Further

      2. Piers Plowman and the Poor - Anne Scott 2004

        Book Further

  24. Week 27: Chaucer, 'The Monk's Prologue and Tale' and 'The Nun's Priest's Prologue, Tale, and Epilogue' 34 items
    1. Primary texts 2 items
      1. The Monk’s Prologue and Tale - Geoffrey Chaucer 2005

        Chapter Essential

      2. The Nun’s Priest’s Prologue, Tale, and Epilogue - Geoffrey Chaucer 2005

        Chapter Essential

    2. Other Editions, and Further Primary Reading 9 items
      1. The Monk’s Prologue and Tale - Geoffrey Chaucer 2008

        Chapter Recommended

      2. The Nun’s Priest’s Prologue and Tale - Geoffrey Chaucer 2008

        Chapter Recommended

      3. The Cock and the Fox - Marie de France 2011

        Chapter Recommended

      4. The Fall of Princes - John Lydgate 2013

        Book Recommended I, pp.5-6, pp.7-8, pp.179-184, II, pp.350-353, III, pp.978-979

      5. The Fall of Princes: Pt.1 - John Lydgate, Henry Bergen (ed.) 1924

        Book Recommended pp.5-6, pp.179-184

      6. The Fall of Princes: Pt.2 - John Lydgate, Henry Bergen(ed.) 1924

        Book Recommended pp.350-353

      7. The Fall of Princes: Pt.3 - John Lydgate, Henry Bergen (ed.) 1924

        Book Recommended pp.978-979

      8. The Fall of Princes: Pt.4 - John Lydgate, Henry Bergen (ed.) 1927

        Book Recommended

    3. Criticism 23 items
      1. Changing Times: The Mechanical Clock in Late Medieval Literature - Nancy Mason Bradbury, Carolyn P. Collette 2009

        Article Further

      2. The Ninety-six Tears of Chaucer’s Monk - L. O. Aranye Fradenburg 2002

        Chapter Further

      3. The Ninety-six Tears of Chaucer’s Monk - L. O. Aranye Fradneburg 2002 (electronic book)

        Chapter Further

      4. Chaucer on Tragedy - Henry Angsar Kelly 1997

        Chapter Further

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