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Title: From Beowulf to Caxton
Subtitle: Studies in Medieval Languages and Literature, Texts and Manuscripts
Edited By: Tomonori Matsushita
A.V.C. Schmidt
David Wallace
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/?430104
Series Title: Studies in Historical Linguistics - Volume 7

Senshu University has hosted many international conferences on medieval
English literature - primarily on Geoffrey Chaucer and William Langland - as
well as in the related fields of Old Germanic, medieval French and
Renaissance Italian literature. These international collaborations inform and
contribute to the present volume, which addresses the heritage bequeathed to
medieval English language and literature by the classical world.
This volume explores the development of medieval English literature in light
of contact with Germanic and Old Norse cultures, on the one hand, and
Romance languages, on the other. The book includes a comparative study of
Beowulf in the Germanic context, discusses aspects of Piers Plowman and
its tradition, and offers philological approaches to Chaucer (especially his
Troilus and Criseyde). The articles assembled here collectively suggest how
the torches of classical learning were carried from continental Europe to
illuminate the pages of medieval English literature.

Contents: Tomonori Matsushita: Introduction - Graham D. Caie: A Case of
Double Vision: Denmark in Beowulf and Beowulf in England - Kazutomo
Karasawa: Hrothgar in the Germanic Context of Beowulf - A.V.C. Schmidt:
The Four Elements as a Structural Idea in Piers Plowman - Helen Barr: The
Place of the Poor in 'the Piers Plowman Tradition' - Masatoshi Kawasaki: 'My
Wyl Is This' (Canterbury Tales. I [A] 1845): Chaucer's Sense of Power in The
Knight's Tale and The Clerk's Tale - Yoshiyuki Nakao: Textual Variations in
Troilus and Criseyde and the Rise of Ambiguity - Yoshiyuki
Nakao/Masatsugu Matsuo: A Comprehensive Textual Comparison of Troilus
and Criseyde: Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, MS 61 and B.A. Windeatt's
Edition of Troilus and Criseyde (1990) - Mitsu Ide: The Old English
Equivalents for Factum Esse and the Salisbury Psalter - Akiyuki Jimura: On
the Decline of the Prefix y- of Past Participles - Hiroshi Yonekura: Compound
Nouns in Late Middle English: Their Morphological, Syntactic and Semantic
Description - Masa Ikegami: Robert Henryson's Rhymes between
'Etymological -e and -i' and the Special Development of Unstressed /i/ -
Akinobu Tani: Word Pairs or Doublets in Caxton's History of Reynard the Fox:
Rampant and Tedious? - Sylvia Huot: Senshu University Manuscripts 2 and 3
and the Roman de la Rose Manuscript Tradition - Patrick P. O'Neill: The
Senshu Psalter.

Tomonori Matsushita is Professor of Medieval English literature and
linguistics, Senshu University, Tokyo.
A.V.C. Schmidt is Andrew Bradley-James Maxwell Fellow of Balliol College,
David Wallace is Judith Rodin Professor of English, University of

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Ling & Literature
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034301046
Pages: 373
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