An Introduction to Medieval Literature
by Stephen M Carey (9780275983826)

An Introduction to Medieval Literature
 
Stephen M Carey
Release Date: 31 January 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 300
Category: Medieval
ISBN: 9780275983826
ISBN-10: 027598382X



Examining medieval literature from the fall of Rome in the West (A.D. 476) to the fall of Rome in the East (A.D. 1453), "An Introduction to Medieval Literature" details the birth of fiction as we know it, presenting the medieval literary heritage as the foundation of modernity.

Rather than offering a strictly chronological presentation, the author introduces texts according to how they evolved and influenced other forms of writing. His book provides an overview of the broad developments in the literature of the era, then discusses fiction as it would have been understood at the time, highlighting the variety of subject areas and the unique types of literature common to the period. Theology, history, poetry, sagas and heroic epics, courtly love lyrics, and historical romance are all examined, as are "medieval bestsellers" and the types of literature that would signal the birth of fictional consciousness in the West: Arthurian romance, satire, and parody.

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