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The Grounds of English Literature

Christopher Cannon


The centuries just after the Norman Conquest are the forgotten period of English literary history. In fact, the years 1066–1300 witnessed an unparalleled ingenuity in the creation of written forms, for this was a time when almost every writer was unaware of the existence of other English writing. In a series of detailed readings of the more important early Middle English works, the author shows how the many and varied texts of the period laid the foundations for the project of English literature. This richness is for the first time given credit in these readings by means of an innovative theor ... More

Keywords: Norman Conquest, English writing, Middle English works, written shapes, history of ideas, romance, richness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199230396
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230396.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Cannon, author
Fellow of Girton College and a University Lecturer in the Faculty of English, Cambridge