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Course Bibliography for Medieval to Renaissance Literature 2018-19

A version of the bibliography with hyperlinks to the Library catalogue and electronic resources can be found here.



Set Texts

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, in Poems Of The Pearl Manuscript: Pearl, Cleanness, Patience, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, ed. by M. Andrew and R. Waldron, 5th edn (Exeter, 2007)

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Riverside Chaucer, ed. L. Benson (Oxford)

Medieval drama:

The Crucifixion, The Harrowing of Hell, and Judgement Day, all from the York Cycle, in English Mystery Plays: A Selection, ed. by P. Happé (Penguin, 1975), pp. 525-536, pp.552-566, pp.631-645.

Mankind, in Medieval Drama, ed. by D. Bevington (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1975), pp.901-938

These texts will be studied in Term 2 in a pack which will be distributed in Term 1; the texts can also be found as PDFs here.


Introductory Histories and General Critical Books

J. Coleman, Medieval Readers and Writers: English Literature in History 1350-1400, 1981

D. Aers, Community, Gender and Individual Identity: English Writing 1360-1430, 1988

J.A. Burrow, Medieval Writers and their Work, 1982

J.A. Burrow, Ricardian Poetry: Chaucer, Gower, Langland and the ‘Gawain’ poet, 1971

J.A.W. Bennett, Middle English Literature, 1986 (ed. and completed by D. Gray)

A.C. Spearing, Readings in Medieval Poetry, 1987

E. Salter, Fourteenth Century English Poetry: Contexts and Readings, 1983

C.S. Lewis, The Allegory of Love, 1936

D.W. Robertson, Essays in Medieval Culture, 1980

J.D. Burnley, A Guide to Chaucer’s Language, 1983

W.A. Pantin, The English Church in the Fourteenth Century, 1962

M. Rubin, The Hollow Crown: A History of Britain in the Later Middle Ages, 2005

A. Cole, Literature and Heresy in the Age of Chaucer, 2008

E. Treharne & G. Walker (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English, 2010

D. Wallace (ed.), The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature, 1999.


The ‘Gawain’ poet, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

L.D. Benson, Art and Tradition in SGGK, 1965

J.A. Burrow, A Reading of SGGK, 1965

C.Moorman, The Pearl Poet, 1968

A.C. Spearing, The Gawain Poet: a Critical Study, 1970

E. Brewer, From Cuchulainn to Gawain: sources and analogues of SGGK, 1973

W.A. Davenport, The Art of the Gawain Poet, 1978

W.R.J. Barron, Trawthe and treason: the sin of Gawain reconsidered, 1980

D. Lawton ed., Middle English Alliterative Poetry and Its Literary Background, 1982

L.S. Johnson, The voice of the Gawain poet, 1984

J. Nicholls, The matter of courtesy: medieval courtesy books and the Gawain poet, 1985

A. Putter, SGGK and French Arthurian romance, 1995

A Putter, An Introduction to the Gawain poet, 1996

D.Brewer and J. Gibson eds. A Companion to the Gawain poet, 1997

J.A. Burrow, The Gawain poet, 2001

F. Ingledew, SGGK and the Order of the Garter, 2006

K. Chevewatuk and K.S. Whetter (eds) The Arthurian Way of Death: The English Tradition, 2009

T. Turville-Petre, 'Places of the Imagination; the Gawain Poet', in Treharne and Walker, Oxford Handbook of Med Lit. 2010

L. Ashe, 'SGGK and the Limits of Chivalry', in L. Ashe et al. The Exploitations of Medieval Romance, 2010


Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales

C. Muscatine, Chaucer and the French Tradition, 1957

D.W. Robertson, A Preface to Chaucer, 1962

E.T. Donaldson, Speaking of Chaucer, 1970

A. David, The Strumpet Muse, 1976

S. Knight, Geoffrey Chaucer, 1986

P.Boitani & J. Mann (eds.) The Cambridge Chaucer Companion, 1986

P. Strohm, Social Chaucer, 1989

P. Martin, Chaucer’s Women: nuns, wives, and amazons, 1990

J. Mann, Geoffrey Chaucer, 1991

L. Patterson, Chaucer and the Subject of History, 1991

E.T. Hansen, Chaucer and the Fictions of Gender, 1992

B.Nolan, Chaucer and the Tradition of the ‘Roman antique’, 1992

D. Pearsall, The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer: a critical biography, 1992

H. Cooper, Oxford Guides to Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales, 1989

H. Phillips, An Introduction to the Canterbury Tales, 2000

D. Pearsall, The Canterbury Tales, 1985

N.S. Thompson, Chaucer, Boccaccio and the Debate of Love, 1996

V. Allen & A Axiotis (eds) Chaucer, 1997

D. Wallace, Chaucerian Polity, 1997

D. Brewer, A New Introduction to Chaucer, 1998

P. Brown (ed.) A Companion to Chaucer, 2000

R. Edwards, Chaucer and Boccaccio: Antiquity and Modernity, 2002

D. Gray, The Oxford Companion to Chaucer, 2003

S. Ellis (ed.), Chaucer: An Oxford Guide, 2005

S. Lerer (ed.), The Yale Companion to Chaucer, 2006

W.T. Rossiter, Chaucer and Petrarch, 2010

P. Brown, Geoffrey Chaucer, 2011

K.P. Clark, Chaucer and Italian Textuality, 2011

Medieval Drama

Richard Beadle and A. J. Fletcher (eds.) The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Theatre, 2008

Sarah Beckwith, Signifying God: Social Relation and Symbolic Act in the York Corpus Christi Plays, 2001

David Bevington, From Mankind to Marlowe: Growth of Structure in the Popular Drama of Tudor England, 1962

Marianne G. Briscoe and John C. Coldewey, eds. Contexts for Early English Drama, 1989

W. A. Davenport, Fifteenth-Century English Drama: The Early Moral Plays and their Literary Relations, 1982

Clifford Davidson, From Creation to Doom: The York Cycle of Mystery Plays, 1984

Janette Dillon, The Cambridge Introduction to Early English Theatre, 2006

Janette Dillon, Language and Stage in Medieval and Renaissance England, 1998

Peter Happe (ed.) Medieval English Drama: A Casebook, 1984

Jeffrey Helterman, Symbolic Action in the Plays of the Wakefield Master, 1981

Pamela King, The York Mystery Cycle and the Worship of the City, 2007

V. A. Kolve, The Play Called Corpus Christi, 1966

Katie Normington, Gender and Medieval Drama, 2004

Katie Normington, Modern mysteries : contemporary productions of medieval English cycle dramas, 2007

Lois Potter, (ed.) The Revels History of Drama in English, vol. 1: Medieval Drama, 1983

Robert Potter, The English Morality Play, 1975

Martin Stevens, Four Middle English Mystery Cycles, 1987

Greg Walker, The Politics of Performance in Early Renaissance Drama, 1998

Rosemary Woolf, The English Mystery Plays, 1972

Renaissance literature


Set Texts

Stephen Greenblatt et al. (ed.) The Norton Anthology of English Literature. The Sixteenth Century. The Early Seventeenth Century. Volume B. (10th edition, Norton, 2018)

William Tyndale, The Obedience of a Christian Man; Thomas More, A Dialogue Concerning Heresies; William Tyndale, An Answer to More's Dialogue; Thomas More, The Confutation of Tyndale's Answer (all in English Renaissance Translation Theory, ed. by Neil Rhodes (London, 2013), pp. 73-79, 84-109). Copies will be provided.

Critical Reading: General Studies

P.J. Alpers, Elizabethan Poetry: Modern Essays in Criticism, 1967

S.J. Greenblatt, Renaissance Self-Fashioning: From More to Shakespeare, 1980

S.J. Greenblatt, Representing the English Renaissance, 1988

T.M. Greene, The Light in Troy: Imitation and Discovery in Renaissance Poetry, 1982

J.W. Lever, The Elizabethan Love Sonnet, 1968

D.L. Peterson, The English Lyric from Wyatt to Donne, 1967

J. Stevens, Music and Poetry in the Early Tudor Court, 1961

I. Rivers, Classical and Christian Ideas in English Renaissance Poetry: a students' guide, 1979

F. Yates, Astraea, 1985

D. Norbrook and H. Wondhuysen (eds.) The Penguin Book of Renaissance Verse, 1992

D. Norbrook, Politics and Poetry in the English Renaissance, 1984

P. Berry, Of Chastity and Power: Elizabethan Literature and the Unmarried Queen, 1989

J.W. Lever (ed.) Sonnets of the English Renaissance (A compendium of sonnets by 11 poets.)

C. Bates, The Rhetoric of Courtship in Elizabethan Language and Literature, 1992

P.C. Herman (ed.), Rethinking the Henrician Era: essays on early Tudor texts and contexts, 1994

R. Sowerby, The Classical Legacy in Renaissance Poetry, 1994

D.J. Baker and W. Maley (eds), British Identities and English Renaissance Literature, 2002

G. Brown, Redefining Elizabethan Literature, 2004

D.B. Hamilton (ed.), A Concise Companion to English Renaissance Literature, 2006

G. McMullan and D. Matthews (eds) Reading the Medieval in Early Modern England, CUP, 2007

M. Hebron, Key Concepts in Renaissance Literature, 2008

M. Pincombe and C. Shrank (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature 1485-1603, 2009

M. Hattaway (ed.) A New Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture, 2010


The Reformation and the Printing Revolution

T. Betteridge, Literature and Politics in the English Reformation, 2004

C.S.L. Davies, Peace Print and Protestantism, 1450-1558, 1977

E. Eisenstein, The Printing Press as an Agent of Change: Communications and Cultural Transformations in Early-Modern Europe, 1980

A. Fox and J. Guy, Reassessing the Henrician Age: Humanism, Politics and Reform, 1500-1550, 1986

L. Jardine, Erasmus, Man of Letters: The Construction of Charisma in Print, 1993

N. Jones, The English Reformation: Religious and Cultural Adaptation, 2002

P. Marshall (ed.), The Impact of the English Reformation, 1500-1640, 1997

A. E. McGrath, Reformation Thought: An Introduction, 4th edn, 2012

B. Moynahan, If God Spare my Life: William Tyndale, the English Bible and Thomas More, 2002

D. Norton, The King James Bible: A Short History from Tyndale to Today, 2010

R. Rex, Henry VIII and the English Reformation, Pal Mac, 2006

E. Rummel (ed.) Biblical Humanism and Scholasticism in the Age of Erasmus, 2008

R.J. Schoeck, Erasmus of Europe: The Prince of Humanists, 1501-1536, 1993

G. Walker, Writing under Tyranny: English Literature and the Henrician Reformation, 2007

Thomas More

Utopia: A New Translation, Backgrounds, Criticism, tr and ed. R.M. Adams, 1975

R.J. Schoeck, The Achievement of Thomas More: Aspects of his Life and Works, 1976

D. Baker-Smith, Thomas More and Plato's Voyage, 1978

A. Fox, Thomas More: History and Providence, 1982

R. Marius, Thomas More: A Biography, 1984

L.L. Marte, Thomas More: The Search for the Inner Man, 1990

P. Ackroyd, The Life of Thomas More, 1998

Thomas More, Utopia, ed. S. Bruce, 1999 (with intro and notes)

J. Woolfson (ed.) Reassessing Tudor Humanism, 2002

Thomas More, Utopia, ed G.M. Logan and R.M. Adams, 2002

J. Phillips, English Fictions of Communal Identity, 1485-1603, 2010 (ch. on More's Utopia)

D. Heitsch and J-F. Vallee (eds), Printed Voices: The Renaissance Culture of Dialogue, Toronto, 2004 (essays on Utopia)

G. Claeys, The Cambridge Companion to Utopian Literature, 2010

D.T. Lochman, M. Lopez and L. Hutson (eds), Discourses and Representations of Friendship in Early Modern Europe 1500-1700, 2011 (chapters on More and Utopia)


Sir Thomas Wyatt

Sir Thomas Wyatt, Complete Poems, ed. R.A. Rebholz, 1978

P. Thomson, Sir Thomas Wyatt and his Background, 1964

R. Southall, The Courtly Maker, 1964

Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, Poems, ed. E. Jones, 1964

H.E. Rollins (ed.) Tottel's Miscellany (1557-87), 1965

C.W. Jentoft, Sir Thomas Wyatt and Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey: A Reference Guide, 1980

A. Fox, Politics and Poetry in the Reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII, 1989

A. Ferry, The Inward Language: Sonnets of Wyatt, Sidney, Shakespeare and Donne, 1983

J.V. Crewe, Trials of Authorship: Anterior Forms and Poetic Reconstruction from Wyatt to Shakespeare, 1990

M. Spiller, The Development of the Sonnet, 1992

B.L. Estrin, Laura: Uncovering Gender and Genre in Wyatt, Donne and Marvell, 1994

M.A. Skura, Tudor Autobiography: Listening for Inwardness, 2008

S. Burt, D. Mikics, The Art of the Sonnet, 2010

N. Shulman, Graven with Diamonds: The Many Lives of Thomas Wyatt, 2011

See also Greenblatt, 1980 and Greene, 1982.


Sir Philip Sidney

Sidney's Poems ed. K. Duncan-Jones. Includes whole of Astrophil and Stella.

J. Buxton, Sir Philip Sidney and the English Renaissance, 1964

J.G. Nichols, The Poetry of Sir Philip Sidney, 1964

D. Kalstone, Sidney’s Poetry, 1965

A.D. Weiner, Sir Philip Sidney and the Poetics of Protestantism, 1978

R. McCoy, Sir Philip Sidney: Rebellion in Arcadia, 1979

G.F. Waller and M.D. Moore, Sir Philip Sidney and the Interpretation of Renaissance Culture, 1984

R. Levao, Renaissance Minds and their Fictions, 1985

D.C. Kay ed. Sir Philip Sidney: An Anthology of Modern Criticism, 1987

J.H. MacArthur, Critical Contexts of Sidney's Astrophil and Stella and Spenser's Amoretti, 1989

K. Duncan-Jones, Sir Philip Sidney: Courtier Poet, 1991

W. Craft, Labyrinth of Desire: Invention and Culture in Sidney’s Work, 1994

H.R. Woudhuysen, Sir Philip Sidney and the Circulation of Manuscripts, 1558-1640, 1996

C. Bates, Masculinity, Gender and Identity in the English Renaissance Lyric, 2007

R. Hillyer, Sir Philip Sidney, Cultural Icon, 2010

The Sonnets of William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Sonnets (eds) J. Bate & E. Rasmussen, 2011

P. Jones ed. The Sonnets (Case Book), 1977

S. Booth, An Essay on the Sonnets, 1969

L.A. Fielder, The Stranger in Shakespeare, 1973

S. Booth, Sonnets, 1977

G. Melchiori, Shakespeare’s Dramatic Meditations, 1978

E. Kosofsky, Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire, 1985

H. Vendler, The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets, 1997

A.D. Cousins, Shakespeare's Sonnets and Narrative Poems, 2000

P. Edmondson & S. Wells, Shakespeare's Sonnets, 2004

D. Callaghan, Shakespeare's Sonnets, 2007

M. Schoenfeldt, A Companion to Shakespeare's Sonnets, 2007

D. Paterson, Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets: a new commentary, 2010


Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene

Spenser, The Faerie Queene, ed. A.C. Hamilton, Longmans Annotated edn.

P. Alpers, The Poetry of the Faerie Queene, 1967

E. Heale, The Faerie Queene: A Reader’s Guide, 1987

W. A. Oram, Edmund Spenser, 1997.

B. Berger (ed.) Spenser: A Collection of Critical Essays, 1968

R. Freeman, The Faerie Queene: A Companion for Readers, 1970

A.C. Hamilton (ed.) Essential Articles for the Study of Edmund Spenser, 1972

I. MacCaffrey, Spenser’s Allegory: the Anatomy of the Imagination, 1976

H. Berger, Revisionary Play: Studies in Spenserian Dynamics, 1988

A. Leigh De Neef, Spenser and the Motives of Metaphor, 1982

J. Nohrnberg, The Analogy of the Faerie Queene, 1976

A.C. Hamilton (ed.) The Spenser Encyclopedia, 1990

S. Kane, Spenser’s Moral Allegory, 1989

A. Hume, Edmund Spenser: Protestant Poet, 1984

D. Brook-Davies, Spenser’s Faerie Queene: A Critical Commentary on Books 1 and 2

C. Burrow, Epic Romance: Homer to Milton, 1996

E. Hankins, Source and Meaning in Spenser’s Allegory, 1971

J.N. King, Spenser’s Poetry and the Reformation Tradition, 1990

D. Quint, Epic and Empire, 1993

H. Tonkin, The Faerie Queene, 1989

J.A. Knapp, Image Ethics in Shakespeare and Spenser, 2011

R.A. McCabe (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Edmund Spenser, 2010

R. Copeland and P.T. Struck (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Allegory, 2010

C. Bates (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to the Epic, 2010

R. Lemon et al (ed.) The Blackwells Companion to the Bible in English Literature, 2009

G. Kneidel, Rethinking the Turn to Religion in Early Modern Literature, 2008

B.S. Robinson, Islam and Early Modern Literature: The Politics of Romance from Spenser to Milton, 2007

B. van Es (ed.) A Critical Companion to Spenser Studies, 2006

C. Saunders (ed.), A Companion to Romance: From Classical to Contemporary, 2004

C. McManus, Spenser's Faerie Queene and the Reading of Women, 2002

A. Hadfield (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Spenser, 2001

M.C. Schoenfeldt, Bodies and Selves in Early Modern England: Psychology and Inwardness in Spenser and Shakespeare, 1999

L. Gregerson, The Reformation of the Subject: Spenser, Milton and the English Protestant Epic, 1995

G. Waller, Spenser: A Literary Life, 1994


Christopher Marlowe, Hero and Leander; Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis

Christopher Marlowe, Complete Poems and Translations, ed. S. Orgel.

P. Honan, Christopher Marlowe: Poet and Spy, 2005

P. Cheney (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Christopher Marlowe, 2004

A. Oz (ed.), Marlowe, 2003

L. Hopkins, Christopher Marlowe: A Literary Life, 2000

J.A. Downie and J.T. Parnell (eds), Contructing Christopher Marlowe, 2000

D. Grantley and P. Roberts (eds), Christopher Marlowe and English Renaissance Culture, 1996

C. Leech, Marlowe: Poet for the Stage, 1986

J.M. Saslow, Ganymede in the Renaissance: Homosexuality and Society, 1986

K. Duncan-Jones and H.R. Woudhuysen (eds), Shakespeare's Poems: Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece etc.

H. Dubrow, Captive Victors: Shakespeare’s Narrative Poems and Sonnets, 1987

C. Hulse, Metamorphic Verse: the Elizabethan Minor Epic, 1981

W. Keach, Elizabethan Erotic Narratives: Irony and Pathos in the Ovidian poetry of Shakespeare, 1977

R. Meek, Narrating the Visual in Shakespeare, 2009

J. Hart, Shakespeare: Poetry, History and Culture, 2009

R.A. Logan, Shakespeare's Marlowe: The influence of Christopher Marlowe on Shakespeare's Artistry, 2007

P. Cheney (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's Poetry, CUP, 2007

P. Hyland, An Introduction to Shakespeare's Poems, 2002

S. Roberts, Reading Shakespeare's Poems in Early Modern England, 2002

A.D. Cousins, Shakespeare's Sonnets and Narrative Poems, 2000

P.C. Kohn (ed.), Venus and Adonis: Critical Essays, 1997