15th Century Literature - History & Criticism
The Rule of Art
Literature and Painting in the Renaissance
Hardcover ISBN: 0226360520
What do Renaissance poetry and painting have in common? What are the social, ideological, and aesthetic bases for the links between them? And what role do those links play in creating the humanistic culture that still has power over us today? These are the questions Clark Hulse takes up in this sophisticated interdisciplinary study of Renaissance aesthetics. Proposing an archeology of artistic knowledge, Hulse examines the theoretical language through which the poets, painters, and patrons of the Renaissance conceived of the relationship between the arts. That language is embedded in what he calls a "rule of art," a specific set of categories, assumptions, and practices that defined the two art forms and the relationship between them. Hulse charts the rise of both forms to the status of liberal arts requiring special intellectual training for artist and patron alike. In the process, he uncovers the history of the practice of theory in the Renaissance, revealing how artistic discourse lived in the world.
Paperback ISBN: 1781253374
Paul Edmondson presents Shakespeare afresh as a dramatist and poet, and encourages us to take ownership of his works for ourselves as words to be spoken as well as discussed. We get a sense of what his life was like, his language, and cultural legacy. We catch glimpses of Shakespeare himself, how he wrote, and see what his works mean to readers and theatre practitioners. We see how Shakespeare tackled the biggest themes of humanity: power, history, war, and love. Paul Edmondson is head of research and knowledge and director of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival for The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
The Canterbury Tales
Paperback ISBN: 1907776257
"Shakespeare and Milton were the greatest sons of their country," said G.K. Chesterton, "but Chaucer was the father of his country." The Canterbury Tales have sometimes been thought dry, even intimidating, of little relevance to the modern world. Nothing could be further from the truth, argues the distinguished literary critic Stephen Fender.
Hardcover ISBN: 0871403579
A new translation of the French answer to "The Canterbury Tales" contains sixty-nine bawdy, humorous, and satirical poems written between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries featuring lascivious priests, lustful wives, and cuckolded husbands.
Le Morte D'arthur
The Winchester Manuscript
Paperback ISBN: 0199537348
The greatest English version of the stories of King Arthur, Le Morte Darthur was completed in 1469-70 by Sir Thomas Malory, 'knight prisoner'. This generously annotated edition, in a new abridgement by Helen Cooper based on the Winchester manuscript, represents what Malory wrote more closely than the first version printed by William Caxton.