Best Medieval Literary Criticism Books

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1. The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes (Hackett Classics)

Author: by Jackson Crawford
English
392 pages

1624663567

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“The poems of the Poetic Edda have waited a long time for a Modern English translation that would do them justice. Here it is at last (Odin be praised! And well worth the wait. These amazing texts from a 13th-century Icelandic manuscript are of huge historical, mythological and literary importance, containing the lion’s share of information that survives today about the gods and heroes of pre-Christian Scandinavians, their unique vision of the beginning and end of the world, etc.

Jackson Crawford’s modern versions of these poems are authoritative and fluent and often very gripping. With their individual headnotes and complementary general introduction, they supply today’s readers with most of what they need to know in order to understand and appreciate the beliefs, motivations, and values of the Vikings.”Dick Ringler, Professor Emeritus of English and Scandinavian Studies at the University of WisconsinMadison


2. The Divine Comedy (The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso)

Author: by Dante Alighieri
Berkley
English
928 pages

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The authoritative translations of The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradisotogether in one volume. Belonging in the immortal company of the great works of literature, Dante Alighieri’s poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, and on to the glorious realm of Paradisethe sphere of universal harmony and eternal salvation.

Now, for the first time, John Ciardi’s brilliant and authoritative translations of Dante’s three soaring canticlesThe Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradisohave been gathered together in a single volume. Crystallizing the power and beauty inherent in the great poet’s immortal conception of the aspiring soul, The Divine Comedy is a dazzling work of sublime truth and mystical intensity.


3. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Author: by Simon Armitage
English
208 pages
0393334155

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The classic story that inspired the film starring Dev Patel and Alicia VikanderA medieval romancebut also an outlandish ghost story, a gripping morality tale and a weird thriller. I couldn’t put down Simon Armitage’s compulsively readable… Energetic, free-flowing, high-spirited version.

Edward Hirsch, New York Times Book ReviewOne of the founding stories of English literature, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight narrates the strange tale of a green knight on a green horse who rudely interrupts Camelot’s Round Table festivities one Yuletide, casting a pall of unease over the company and challenging one of their number to a wager.

The virtuous Gawain accepts and decapitates the intruder with his own axe. Gushing blood, the knight reclaims his head, orders Gawain to seek him out a year hence, and departs. The following Yuletide, Gawain dutifully sets forth. His quest for the Green Knight involves a winter journey, a seduction scene in a dreamlike castle, a dire challenge answeredand a drama of enigmatic reward disguised as psychic undoing.


4. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; Pearl; [and] Sir Orfeo

Author: by J.R.R. Tolkien
Del Rey (July 1, 1988)
English
214 pages

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Three masterpieces of medieval poetry, translated by the author of The Lord of the Rings Comparable to the works of Chaucer, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo weave a bright tapestry of stories from a remote age of chivalry and wizards, knights and holy questsbut unlike The Canterbury Tales, the name of the poet who wrote them is lost to time.

Masterfully translated from the original Middle English by J.R.R. Tolkien, the language of these great poems comes to life for modern readers. At the center of this collection is Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a tale as lush and dark as England’s medieval forests.

Mixing romance and adventure, Sir Gawain follows King Arthur’s most noble knight on an adventure of epic enchantment, temptation, and destiny.


5. The Greek Plays: Sixteen Plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides (Modern Library Classics)

Author: by Sophocles
ISBN: 978-0812983098
Published at: Modern Library; Reprint edition (September 5, 2017)

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A landmark anthology of the masterpieces of Greek drama, featuring all-new, highly accessible translations of some of the world’s most beloved plays, including Agamemnon, Prometheus Bound, Bacchae, Electra, Medea, Antigone, and Oedipus the KingFeaturing translations by Emily Wilson, Frank Nisetich, Sarah Ruden, Rachel Kitzinger, Mary Lefkowitz, and James Romm The great plays of Ancient Greece are among the most enduring and important legacies of the Western world.

Not only is the influence of Greek drama palpable in everything from Shakespeare to modern television, the insights contained in Greek tragedy have shaped our perceptions of the nature of human life. Poets, philosophers, and politicians have long borrowed and adapted the ideas and language of Greek drama to help them make sense of their own times.

This exciting curated anthology features a cross section of the most popularand most widely taughtplays in the Greek canon. Fresh translations into contemporary English breathe new life into the texts while capturing, as faithfully as possible, their original meaning. This outstanding collection also offers short biographies of the playwrights, enlightening and clarifying introductions to the plays, and helpful annotations at the bottom of each page.


6. The Oresteia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides

Author: by Aeschylus
Penguin Classics
English
336 pages

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In the Oresteia Aeschylus addressed the bloody chain of murder and revenge within the royal family of Argos. As they move from darkness to light, from rage to self-governance, from primitive ritual to civilized institution, their spirit of struggle and regeneration becomes an everlasting song of celebration.

In Agamemnon, a king’s decision to sacrifice his daughter and turn the tide of war inflicts lasting damage on his family, culminating in a terrible act of retribution; The Libation Bearers deals with the aftermath of Clytemnestra’s regicide, as her son Orestes sets out to avenge his father’s death; and in The Eumenides, Orestes is tormented by supernatural powers that can never be appeased.

Forming an elegant and subtle discourse on the emergence of Athenian democracy out of a period of chaos and destruction, The Oresteia is a compelling tragedy of the tensions between our obligations to our families and the laws that bind us together as a society.

The only trilogy in Greek drama that survives from antiquity, Aeschylus’ The Oresteia is translated by Robert Fagles with an introduction, notes and glossary written in collaboration with W.B. Stanford in Penguin Classics. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.


7. Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition

Author: by Seamus Heaney
English
260 pages
0393330109

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Seamus Heaney’s best-selling ?Beowulf? Is now wedded to more than one hundred glorious images. Composed toward the end of the first millennium, Beowulf ? Is the elegiac narrative of the Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and, later, from Grendel’s mother.

Drawn to what he has called the “four-squareness of the utterance” in ?Beowulf ? And its immense emotional credibility Seamus Heaney gives the great epic convincing reality But how to visualize the poet’s story has always been a challenge for modern-day readers.

In Beowulf: An Illustrated Edition, John D. Niles, a specialist in Old English literature, provides visual counterparts to Heaney’s remarkable translation. More than one hundred full-page illustrationsViking warships, chain mail, lyres, spearheads, even a reconstruction of the Great Hallmake visible Beowulf’s world and the elemental themes of his story: death, divine power, horror, heroism, disgrace, devotion, and fame.


8. Viking Language 1 Learn Old Norse, Runes, and Icelandic Sagas (Viking Language Series)

Author: by Jesse L. Byock
English
364 pages
1480216445

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Viking Language 1 – Learn Old Norse, Runes, and Icelandic Sagas 2nd upgraded edition. Everything necessary to learn or teach Old Norse, runes, and sagas. Graded lessons, saga readings, runic inscriptions, grammar exercises, pronunciation, maps, history sections, student grammar guide, and vocabulary teach Old Norse, Vikings, Iceland, old Scandinavia, myth and legends.

Download FREE ANSWER KEY www.Vikinglanguage. Com – Now available, two audio MP3 download OLD NORSE PRONUNCIATION ALBUMS VIKING LANGUAGE 1: AUDIO LESSONS 1-8: (Pronounce Old Norse, Runes, and Icelandic Sagas) and Audio Lessons 9-15.” Search Viking Language audio lessons under Amazon all departments and MP3 music.

Also Itunes and CDbaby.VISIT www.Vikinglanguage.Com and oldnorse. Org for information on Viking Language Series and sample audio readings – Now available, Viking Language 2: The Old Norse Reader with complete sagas, poems of Scandinavian gods, heroes, Old Norse runes, and vocabulary.


9. The Iliad and the Odyssey Boxed Set

Author: by Homer
ISBN: 978-0520306653
Published at: University of California Press; First edition (May 31, 2019)

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A stunning set of Homer’s epics, brilliantly translated by a leading ancient world scholar. Hailed by reviewers and readers alike, Peter Green’s landmark translations of Homer’s timeless epics are now available for the first time in this striking and sleekly designed collector-worthy set.

With the verve and pathos of the original oral tradition, Green captures the beauty and complexity, the surging thunder and quiet lyricism, of the Iliad and the Odyssey for a new generation of readers. The translations are vivid and careful, accurate without being out of reach, while the detailed synopses and notes include perceptive observations about Homer’s characters and themes.

This widely acclaimed, must-have collection will be a treasured addition to every reader’s bookshelf.

10. Dante: The Divine Comedy Volume 1

Author: by Mark Musa
0142437220
Penguin Group USA Inc.
English

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An acclaimed translation of Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy Volume 1: Inferno that retains all the style, power and meaning of the originalA Penguin Classic This vigorous translation of Inferno preserves Dante’s simple, natural style, and captures the swift movement of the original Italian verse.

Mark Musa’s blank verse rendition of the poet’s journey through the circles of hell recreates for the modern reader the rich meanings that Dante’s poem had for his contemporaries. Musa’s introduction and commentaries on each of the cantos brilliantly illuminate the text.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

11. Paradiso

Author: by Dante
Anchor
English

1024 pages

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With his journeys through Hell and Purgatory complete, Dante is at last led by his beloved Beatrice to Paradise. Where his experiences in the Inferno and Purgatorio were arduous and harrowing, this is a journey of comfort, revelation, and, above all, love-both romantic and divine.

Robert Hollander is a Dante scholar of unmatched reputation and his wife, Jean, is an accomplished poet. Their verse translation with facing-page Italian combines maximum fidelity to Dante’s text with the artistry necessary to reflect the original’s virtuosity. They have produced the clearest, most accurate, and most readable translation of the three books of The Divine Comedy, with unsurpassable footnotes and introductions, likely to be a touchstone for generations to come.

12. An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic

Author: by Daniel Mendelsohn
Vintage
English

320 pages

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A New York Times/PBS NewsHour Book Club PickFrom award-winning memoirist and critic, and bestselling author of The Lost: a deeply moving tale of a father and son’s transformative journey in reading-and reliving-Homer’s epic masterpiece. When eighty-one-year-old Jay Mendelsohn decides to enroll in the undergraduate Odyssey seminar his son teaches at Bard College, the two find themselves on an adventure as profoundly emotional as it is intellectual.

For Jay, a retired research scientist who sees the world through a mathematician’s unforgiving eyes, this return to the classroom is his “one last chance” to learn the great literature he’d neglected in his youth-and, even more, a final opportunity to more fully understand his son, a writer and classicist.

But through the sometimes uncomfortable months that the two men explore Homer’s great work together-first in the classroom, where Jay persistently challenges his son’s interpretations, and then during a surprise-filled Mediterranean journey retracing Odysseus’s famous voyages-it becomes clear that Daniel has much to learn, too: Jay’s responses to both the text and the travels gradually uncover long-buried secrets that allow the son to understand his difficult father at last.

13. Athenaze, Book I: An Introduction to Ancient Greek

Author: by Maurice Balme
Oxford University Press
English
464 pages

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Combining the best features of traditional and modern methods, Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek 3/e, provides a unique, bestselling course of instruction that allows students to read connected Greek narrative right from the begining and guides them to the point where they can beginreading complete classical texts.

Carefully designed to hold students’ interest, the course begins in Book I with a fictional narrative about an Attic farmer’s family placed in a precise historical context (423-431 B.C.. This narrative, interwoven with tales from mythology and the Persian Wars,gradually gives way in Book II to adapted passages from Thucydides, Plato, and Herodotuc and ultimately to excerpts of the original Greek of Bacchylides, Thucudides, and Aristophanes’ Acharnians.

Essays on relevant aspects of ancient Greek culture and history are also woven throughout.

14. The Poetic Edda

Author: by Lee M. Hollander
0292764995
University of Texas Press
English

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The Poetic Edda comprises a treasure trove of mythic and spiritual verse holding an important place in Nordic culture, literature, and heritage. Its tales of strife and death form a repository, in poetic form, of Norse mythology and heroic lore, embodying both the ethical views and the cultural life of the North during the late heathen and early Christian times.

Collected by an unidentified Icelander, probably during the twelfth or thirteenth century, The Poetic Edda was rediscovered in Iceland in the seventeenth century by Danish scholars. Even then its value as poetry, as a source of historical information, and as a collection of entertaining stories was recognized.

This meticulous translation succeeds in reproducing the verse patterns, the rhythm, the mood, and the dignity of the original in a revision that Scandinavian Studies says “may well grace anyone’s bookshelf.”

15. Critique of Pure Reason (Penguin Classics)

Author: by Immanuel Kant
0140447474
Penguin Classics
English

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The masterpiece of the father of modern philosophy A seminal text of modern philosophy, Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason (1781) made history by bringing together two opposing schools of thought: rationalism, which grounds all our knowledge in reason, and empiricism, which traces all our knowledge to experience.

Published here in a lucid reworking of Max Mller’s classic translation, the Critique is a profound investigation into the nature of human reason, establishing its truth, falsities, illusions, and reality. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world.

With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.