Academic journal article Medium Aevum

In Strange Countries: Middle English Literature and Its Afterlife. Essays in Memory off J. J. Anderson

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

In Strange Countries: Middle English Literature and Its Afterlife. Essays in Memory off J. J. Anderson

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In Strange Countries: Middle English Literature and its Afterlife. Essays in Memory of J.J. Anderson, ed. David Matthews, Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 201 1). xiv +170 pp.; 4 illustrations. ISBN 978-0-7190-8450-8. £5 5.00. A collection of ten essays in memory of John Anderson, marking his extraordinary contribution to scholarship and to the teaching of medieval studies. As is appropriate, one focus of the volume is the Gawain-poet, whose works John Anderson edited. Gillian Rudd explores the uneasy relation of the Green Knight with nature from an ecocritical perspective; Susan Powell looks at relations between the Pearl- maiden, Christ, and Mary. Carole Weinberg, Rosamund Allen, and Stephen Knight write on the transformation of Arthurian themes across epochs from very different perspectives: Weinberg looks at La3amon's development of Wace, focusing on Brutus' foundation of Britain; Allen explores violence in La3amon's Brut and Tennyson's Idylls of the King and Knight draws connections between Arthur and Robin Hood, ranging widely across medieval and later works. …

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