In honor of the 2021 International Congress on Medieval Studies, which is taking place virtually this month, we are highlighting a book series on medieval literature published by University Press of Florida.


New Perspectives on Medieval Literature: Authors and Traditions

Edited by Tison Pugh, University of Central Florida; and R. Barton Palmer, Clemson University

New Perspectives on Medieval Literature offers compact, comprehensive, and up-to-date studies of important medieval authors and traditions written by leading scholars. These volumes will appeal to undergraduate and graduate students, academics, and general readers interested in the vibrant world of medieval literature. Our philosophy in New Perspectives on Medieval Literature is that good scholarship should excite both interest in and accessibility to a field of study, and this principle of combining the scholarship of teaching with student learning informs our editorial decisions. The first books in the series will address Geoffrey Chaucer, Christine de Pizan, and the Arthurian tradition; subsequent texts will address such topics as Marie de France, Chrétien de Troyes, the Pearl-Poet, troubadourism, and saints’ lives, among many others.

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An Introduction to the Sagas of Icelanders
Carl Phelpstead

Combining an accessible approach with innovative scholarship, Carl Phelpstead draws on historical context, contemporary theory, and close reading to deepen our understanding of Icelandic saga narratives about the island’s early history.



An Introduction to Piers Plowman
Michael Calabrese  

Useful for individuals reading any version of Piers Plowman, this engaging guide offers a much-needed navigational summary, a chronology of historic events relevant to the poem, biographical information about Langland and his work in context with his contemporaries, and keys to characters and to proper pronunciation.


An Introduction to the Chansons de Geste
Catherine M. Jones  

Old French epic poems, or chansons de geste, are one of the most important traditions of the French Middle Ages. Consisting of approximately 120 poems including the famous Song of Roland, these tremendously popular songs were based on French history but often embellished in fantastical ways and written to be performed by minstrels.


An Introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer
Tison Pugh

An Introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer is an indispensable resource for students, teachers, and anyone who has ever wanted to learn more about this crucial figure of English literature.


An Introduction to British Arthurian Narrative
Susan Aronstein

This volume covers over 400 years and discusses a broad range of romances, histories, and parodies written about King Arthur in Britain during the medieval period.


An Introduction to the Gawain Poet
John M. Bowers

In this book, John Bowers surveys an expanded selection of the works of Chaucer’s anonymous contemporary, considering Sir Gawain and the Green Knight alongside the poet’s lesser known but no less brilliant works.


An Introduction to Christine de Pizan
Nadia Margolis

Designed as an introduction for students as well as a convenient, one-volume resource for medievalists and specialists in related fields, this authoritative work is both concise and comprehensive. It includes a complete account of Christine de Pizan’s life and times, summaries and commentary on all of her many works, and analyses of her sources and influences. 


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