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The Longman Anthology of British Literature, Volume 1A: The Middle Ages (4th Edition) [Paperback]

David Damrosch , Kevin J. H. Dettmar , Christopher Baswell , Anne Howland Schotter
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July 21 2009 0205655300 978-0205655304 4

The Fourth Edition of The Longman Anthology of British Literature continues its tradition of presenting works in the historical context in which they were written.  This fresh approach includes writers from the British Isles, underrepresented female authors, Perspectivessectionsthatshed light on the period as a whole and link with immediately surrounding works to help illuminate a theme, “And Its Time” clusters that illuminate a specific cultural moment or a debate to which an author is responding, and “Responses” in which later authors respond to one or more texts from earlier works.  New to Volume 1A is the inclusion of new Penguin Classics translations of Beowulf by Michael Alexander and Sir Gawain and theGreen Knight by Brian Stone and the major classic work The Táin.  


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Volume 1A: The Middle Ages of The Longman Anthology of British Literature is a comprehensive and thoughtfully arranged anthology that offers a rich selection of major British authors throughout the Middle Ages. The highlight of Volume 1A is the highly praised verse translation of Beowulf by Tim Murphy. The book also includes Perspectives, Companion Readings, and "and Its Time" sections which show how major literary writings interrelate with and respond to various social, historical, and cultural events of Great Britain in the Middle Ages. For those interested in British Literature of the Middle Ages.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good Dec 3 2003
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written Jan. 24 2013
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 17 2014
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Was just what I needed for class
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not too good for my tastes March 16 2010
By Sonny Chan - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Like its companion volume, 1B, loaded with sloppy errors June 20 2002
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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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