The City and the Text

Alison Wiggins

in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199229123
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

The City and the Text

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This article examines London literature during the medieval period. It analyses whether the definition of London literature should be focused around writers or whether it should prioritize dialect, books, texts, scribes, or readers, or perhaps a combination of these. It investigates how geography should be related to literary culture and how locality engages with issues of literary interpretation or interact with methods and modes of reading. It also comments on some notable London literature including Auchinleck Manuscript, The Anonymous Short English Metrical Chronicle, and Bevis of Hamtoun.

Keywords: London literature; medieval period; geography; literary culture; literary interpretation; Auchinleck Manuscript; The Anonymous Short English Metrical Chronicle; Bevis of Hamtoun

Article.  7909 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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