Shaping Identity in Medieval French Literature

“Maps out new territory that offers an in-depth investigation of a crucial aspect of medieval literature. The notion of ‘the other within’ promises (and delivers) insight into what differentiates as well as brings together past and present concerns.”—Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner, author of Chrétien Continued: A Study of the “Conte du Graal” and Its Verse Continuations “Some … Continue reading Shaping Identity in Medieval French Literature

An Introduction to Piers Plowman

"A comprehensive and witty guide to understanding Piers Plowman in all its versions and a manifesto for the pure intellectual pleasure to be had from reading the text as it dynamically unfolds in each of the poet's reworkings."--Sarah Wood, author of Conscience and the Composition of Piers Plowman "By innovatively working through all three of … Continue reading An Introduction to Piers Plowman

Medieval Mythography, Volume 3

Now available! Medieval Mythography, Volume 3: The Emergence of Italian Humanism, 1321-1475 by Jane Chance “An extraordinary achievement and a fitting final volume in the Medieval Mythography series.”—J. Steven Russell, author of Chaucer and the Trivium “There is nothing comparable available in any language.”—Jon Solomon, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign With this volume, Jane Chance … Continue reading Medieval Mythography, Volume 3

Black Legacies

NEW! Black Legacies: Race and the European Middle Ages by Lynn T. Ramey “A provocative study of western racial attitudes.”—Hamilton Cravens, coeditor of Race and Science “Shows that behind myths of knights in shining armor and fair maidens lies a contested literary and cultural history of medievalism that troubles understandings of race from the nineteenth … Continue reading Black Legacies

Boccaccio’s Fabliaux

Boccaccio’s Fabliaux: Medieval Short Stories and the Function of Reversal by Katherine A. Brown Tricky tales of the Middle Ages are the focus of Boccaccio’s Fabliaux. Katherine Brown, a specialist of medieval French and Italian literature, shows how the Fabliaux—comic tales told by wandering minstrels in medieval France—inspired the Italian writer Boccaccio to write the … Continue reading Boccaccio’s Fabliaux