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The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature

Edited by Rita Copeland

Published in print January 2016 | ISBN: 9780199587230
Published online March 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191820410 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587230.001.0001

Series: Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature

The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature

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This multi-contributory volume surveys the reception and transformation of classical literary culture in England up to the Henrician era. Context for medieval reception is provided by chapters on the classics in the medieval curriculum, the trivium and quadrivium, medieval libraries, and medieval mythography. Reception of specific classical authors and traditions is surveyed in chapters on Virgil, Ovid, Lucan, Statius, the matter of Troy, Boethius, moral philosophy, historiography, biblical epics, John of Salisbury and the twelfth century, and the role of antiquity in medieval alliterative poetry. The medieval section culminates in chapters on Chaucer, Gower, and Lydgate. The later period is surveyed in chapters on early English humanism, humanist education and libraries in the Henrician era, and chapters dedicated to the classicism of Skelton, Douglas, Wyatt, and Surrey.

Keywords: medieval classicism; English humanism; Virgil; Ovid; Lucan; Statius; Chaucer; Gower; fifteenth century; Henrician poets

Book.  770 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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The Curricular Classics in the Middle Ages in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature

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Experiencing the Classics in Medieval Education in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature

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The Trivium and the Classics in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature

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The Quadrivium and Natural Sciences in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature

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The Transmission and Circulation of Classical Literature in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature

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Mythography and Mythographical Collections in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature

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Academic Prologues to Authors in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature

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Virgil in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature

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Ovid and Ovidianism in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature

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