Critical Approaches to Medieval Literature: Selected Papers from the English Institute, 1958-1959

Critical Approaches to Medieval Literature: Selected Papers from the English Institute, 1958-1959

Critical Approaches to Medieval Literature: Selected Papers from the English Institute, 1958-1959

Critical Approaches to Medieval Literature: Selected Papers from the English Institute, 1958-1959

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We are now in what medievalists are about to convince themselves is a real renaissance of interest in the literature of the Middle Ages. Perhaps it began with the poets, for Eliot and Pound and Yeats all sent the scholars scurrying to Arthurian romances with their Celtic echoes and to Old French, Provençal, and early Italian metrical forms; but it has by now aroused in the scholars a concern with medieval literature for its own sake. The poets' medievalism may still be that of the early Romantics; the growing interest of critics both arises from and issues in a wide variety of approaches to medieval literature, the application of various disciplines to its study. The attitude of two generations ago is still reflected in the division of the English School in British universities: the study of all literature before Chaucer is classified as language, that of subsequent works as literature. But in both England and America the revolt against philology has gone far, perhaps too far; and now the employment of many ancillary disciplines in the study of early literature is made, one sometimes fears, at the expense of a sound knowledge of Old and Middle English as languages.

The method that has aroused the most disputatious comment recently is that treated in the first three papers of this volume, the . . .

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