Middle English Literature

Douglas Gray

in A Century of British Medieval Studies

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263952
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734083 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Middle English Literature

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This chapter examines the history and developments in the study of middle English literature in Great Britain during the twentieth century. At the beginning of the twentieth century the newly founded British Academy contained a group of Fellows who had made distinguished contributions to the study of early English language and literature. They include W.W. Skeat, Sir Israel Gollancz and Sir James Murray. However, most of the century's outstanding work was done by people who were not Fellows. Despite this the Academy can still be proud of the contribution of its Fellows to the century's achievements and in the nurturing of a new generation of scholars who will continue the work.

Keywords: English literature; Great Britain; British Academy; English language; W.W. Skeat; Sir Israel Gollancz; Sir James Murray

Chapter.  21949 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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