English Literary Criticism: The Medieval Phase (Paperback)

English Literary Criticism: The Medieval Phase By J. W. H. Atkins Cover Image

English Literary Criticism: The Medieval Phase (Paperback)


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In England literary consciousness had its beginning in the middle ages, and this book, originally published in 1943, describes and illustrates the first phases of the growth of a tradition of criticism. It does not confine itself to writers whose interest was in the vernacular, for there was a larger European movement of which English criticism was a part. It embodied much of the ancient teaching, but it shows recurring efforts to arrive at the nature and art of poetry; it provides a key to contemporary literature and is of great help in understanding what really happened at the 16th Century Renaissance.

J. W. H. Atkins was a Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge and Emeritus Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Aberystwyth
Product Details ISBN: 9780367763305
ISBN-10: 0367763303
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: May 1st, 2023
Pages: 224
Language: English