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The Structure of Old Norse "Dróttkvætt" Poetry
Kari Ellen Gade
The drottkvett was a form of Old Norse skaldic poetry composed to glorify a chieftain's deeds or to lament his death. Kari Ellen Gade explores the structural peculiarities of ninth- and tenth-century drottkvett poetry and suggests a solution to...

The Song of Songs in the Middle Ages
Ann W. Astell
The Song of Songs in the Middle Ages is a wide-ranging and insightful book that is carefully researched and gracefully written. It is of importance alike to those interested in mysticism, Middle English, the twelfth century, the fourteenth...

Male Authors, Female Readers
Representation and Subjectivity in Middle English Devotional Literature
Anne Clark Bartlett
"Holy men despise women...and view them as foul and sticking dirt in the road," asserst the male author of the fifteenth-century Book to a Mother. Middle English devotional writings reflect shades of mysogony ranging from the blatant to the subtle, yet these texts were among the most popular literature know to the earliest generation of English...

The Gendering of Melancholia
Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and the Symbolics of Loss in Renaissance Literature
Juliana Schiesari
The pantheon of renowned melancholics—from Shakespeare's Hamlet to Walter Benjamin—includes no women, an absence that in Juliana Schiesari's view points less to a dearth of unhappy women in patriarchal culture than to the lack of significance...

Heroic Sagas and Ballads
Stephen A. Mitchell
In Heroic Sagas and Ballads, Stephen A. Mitchell examines the world of the medieval Icelandic legendary sagas and their legacy in...

The Witness and the Other World
Exotic European Travel Writing, 400–1600
Mary Baine Campbell
Surveying exotic travel writing in Europe from late antiquity to the age of discover, The Witness and the Other World illustrates the fundamental human desire to change places, if only in the imagination. Mary B. Campbell looks at works by...

Writing from History
The Rhetoric of Exemplarity in Renaissance Literature
Timothy Hampton

Renaissance Feminism
Literary Texts and Political Models
Constance Jordan
Considering a wide range of Renaissance works of nonfiction, Jordan asserts that feminism as a mode of thought emerged as early as the fifteenth century in Italy, and that the main arguments for the social equality of the sexes were common in...

The Expense of Spirit
Love and Sexuality in English Renaissance Drama
Mary Beth Rose
The Expense of Spirit integrates feminist and historicist critical approaches to explore the dynamics of cultural conflict and change in English Renaissance...

J. R. R. Tolkien, Scholar and Storyteller
Essays in Memoriam
This book, a moving and thoughtful tribute, offers fourteen essays dedicated to the both the scholarly work and fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien.

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