Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Traditions and Innovations in the Study of Medieval English Literature: The Influence of Derek Brewer

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Traditions and Innovations in the Study of Medieval English Literature: The Influence of Derek Brewer

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Traditions and Innovations in the Study of Medieval English Literature: The Influence of Derek. Brewer, ed. Charlotte Brewer and Barry Windeatt (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2013). x + 320 pp. ISBN 978-1-84384-354-2. £50.00. The essays in this volume are collected in memory of Derek Brewer (1923-2008), whose resounding contribution to medieval studies placed him at the forefront of innovative research on Chaucer, Alalory, and other key areas of medieval English literature. Each essay within the volume explores a topic related to Derek Brewer's interests, but with a fresh angle of its own. Topics include Chaucerian studies 1953-78; Chaucer and the knightly virtues; class distinction and the French of England; time in Troilus and Criseyde', virtue, intention and the mind's eye in Troilus and Criseyde-, falling in love in the Middle Ages; the idea of feminine beauty in Troilus and Criseyde-, friendship in medieval English romance; Gowerian laughter; Derek Brewer's romance; Malory and late medieval Arthurian cycles; the ends of storytelling; manuscripts, facsimiles, and approaches to editing; words and dictionaries; and Chaucer's Venus. …

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