Literature > Literature / Medieval and Renaissance

   
<<< 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 >>>
    sort list by title


A Blessed Shore
England and Bohemia from Chaucer to Shakespeare
Alfred Thomas
In The Winter's Tale, Antigonus announces that his ship has washed up on the shores of Bohemia. How and why landlocked Bohemia? Did Shakespeare not know his geography, or is something else at work here? Alfred Thomas answers these questions by...



Frame, Glass, Verse
The Technology of Poetic Invention in the English Renaissance
Rayna Kalas
In a book that draws attention to some of our most familiar and unquestioned habits of thought—from "framing" to "perspective" to "reflection"—Rayna Kalas suggests that metaphors of the poetic imagination were once distinctly material and technical...



Medieval Manuscripts in Transition
Tradition and Creative Recycling
In Medieval Manuscripts in Transition, various scholars investigate the ways in which the study of manuscripts can contribute to interpretation or provide insight.



Sung Birds
Music, Nature, and Poetry in the Later Middle Ages
Elizabeth Eva Leach
Is birdsong music? The most frequent answer to this question in the Middle Ages was resoundingly "no." In Sung Birds, Elizabeth Eva Leach traces postmedieval uses of birdsong within Western musical culture. She first explains why such melodious...



The Tempter's Voice
Language and the Fall in Medieval Literature
Eric Jager
Why was the story of Adam, Eve, and the Serpent so important to medieval literary culture? Eric Jager argues that during the Middle Ages the story of the Fall was incorporated into a comprehensive myth about language. Drawing on a wide range of...



The Culture of Cleanliness in Renaissance Italy
Douglas Biow, Douglas G. Biow
Concerned about sanitation during a severe bout of plague in Milan, Leonardo da Vinci designed an ideal, clean city. Leonardo was far from alone among his contemporaries in thinking about personal and public hygiene, as Douglas Biow shows in...



Shakespeare and the Mismeasure of Renaissance Man
Paula Blank
Shakespeare's poems and plays are rich in reference to "measure, number, and weight," which were the key terms of an early modern empirical and quantitative imagination. Shakespeare's investigation of Renaissance measures of reality centers on...



Ovid's Art and the Wife of Bath
The Ethics of Erotic Violence
Marilynn Desmond
Ovid's Art and the Wife of Bath examines how Ovid's Ars amatoria shaped the erotic discourses of the medieval West. The Ars amatoria circulated in medieval France and England as an authoritative treatise on desire; consequently, the sexualities of...



The Growth of the Medieval Icelandic Sagas (1180–1280)
Theodore M. Andersson
Andersson introduces readers to the development of the Icelandic sagas between 1180 and 1280, a crucial period that witnessed a gradual shift of emphasis from tales of adventure and personal distinction to the analysis of politics and history.



An Anatomy of Trade in Medieval Writing
Value, Consent, and Community
Lianna Farber
Economics, in our modern sense of the term, was not a discipline in the Middle Ages, although the history of economic thought is often written as though it were. Lianna Farber restores the core economic concept of trade to its medieval...



<<< 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 >>>

Connect with us

Newsletters