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The Longman Anthology of British Literature, Volume 1A: The Middle Ages (4th Edition) Paperback – Jul 21 2009


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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 4 edition (July 21 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205655300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205655304
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #312,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Key Benefit: The Fourth Edition builds upon the strengths of previous editions with its sustained attention to the context in which the literature was produced and its broadened scope of literature that includes the full cultural diversity of the British Isles. Key Topics: Includes canonical authors and newly visible authors.  Extensive selections from previously underrepresented female writers are fully integrated.  New “Responses readings group works that were based on earlier writings to link works across time and place.  “Perspectives readings are broad groupings that illuminate underlying issues in a variety of the major works of a period.  New to Volume 1A is the inclusion of new Penguin Classics translations ofBeowulfby Michael Alexander andSir Gawain and theGreen Knightby Brian Stone and the major classic workThe Táin. Market:  For anyone wanting a fresh approach to the study and enjoyment of British literature.         

About the Author

David Damrosch is Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He is a past president of the American Comparative Literature Association, and has written widely on world literature from antiquity to the present. His books include What Is World Literature? (2003), The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (2007), and How to Read World Literature (2009). He is the founding general editor of the six-volume Longman Anthology of World Literature, 2/e (2009) and the editor of Teaching World Literature (2009).

 

Kevin J. H. Dettmar is W. M. Keck Professor and Chair, Department of English, at Pomona College, and Past President of the Modernist Studies Association.  He is the author of The Illicit Joyce of Postmodernism and Is Rock Dead?, and the editor of Rereading the New: A Backward Glance at Modernism; Marketing Modernisms: Self-Promotion, Canonization, and Rereading; Reading Rock & Roll: Authenticity, Appropriation, Aesthetics; the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners; and The Blackwell Companion to Modernist Literature and Culture, and co-general editor of The Longman Anthology of British Literature.  

 

                            

Christopher Baswell isA. W. Olin Chair of English at Barnard College, and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.  His interests include classical literature and culture, medieval literature and culture, and contemporary poetry.  He is author of Virgil in Medieval England: Figuring the "Aeneid" from the Twelfth Century to Chaucer, which won the 1998 Beatrice White Prize of the English Association.  He has held fellowships from the NEH, the National Humanities Center, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

 

Anne Howland Schotter is Professor and Chair of English and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Wagner College.  She is the co-editor of Ineffability: Naming the Unnamable from Dante to Beckett and author of articles on Middle English poetry, Dante, and Medieval Latin poetry.  Her current interests include the medieval reception of classical literature, particularly the work of Ovid.  She has held fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson and Andrew W. Mellon foundations.

 

 

 

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By J. White on Dec 3 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm not a huge fan of Medieval literature, and perhaps this book is to blame. I think I've been spoiled by the Norton and Bevington anthologies I've used in other classes, because this was truly a let-down. If you're a prof looking for a good book to use for class, have your students spend the extra twenty-spot and get a Norton.
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"Pagen" [sic] is misspelled in the Beowulf introduction. Henry II is described in the introduction as having ruled from 1154 to 1177, when in actuality, he ruled until his death in 1189. The more I read, the less I trust what I'm reading. I recommend M. H. Abrams' Norton anthology instead.
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Poorly written Jan. 24 2013
By Thomas Haglund - Published on Amazon.com
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The paragraphs in between and explaining the works were pedantic and had several errors. I would recommend simply finding all the the individual works from free sources. They are published free on the internet and available from libraries.
Four Stars July 17 2014
By Robin Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
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Was just what I needed for class
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not too good for my tastes March 16 2010
By Sonny Chan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am currently using this item for my introductory Emglish Literature I course. For Beowulf, they spelled Wealtheow and Edgetheow wrong. And look at the Canterbury Tales, they only have the modern English text for the general prologue, where is the modern english text for the miller's tale, wife of bath's tale, pardoner's tale, nun priest's tale, and the parson's tale? The text in the Canterbury Tales is a little harder to understand without the Modern English translation. Even through this textbook has 624 pages, as soon as I finish my English Literature I course, I am going to sell the text because there are too many mistakes on it and I might plan to buy the Norton version instead with the money, it looks better anyway and it has higher ratings than this text.
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This anthology was required reading for a course Jan. 29 2012
By millefeuille07 - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased the Longman Anthology of British Literature Vol. 1A because it was required reading for a course I was enrolled in. Amazon had it listed for much cheaper than the university bookstore, so that is the reason I bought this here.
8 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Like its companion volume, 1B, loaded with sloppy errors June 20 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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"Pagen" [sic] is misspelled in the Beowulf introduction. Henry II is described in the introduction as having ruled from 1154 to 1177, when in actuality, he ruled until his death in 1189. The more I read, the less I trust what I'm reading. I recommend M. H. Abrams' Norton anthology instead.


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