Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism

  • Series Name: Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism Series
  • Volume 160
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  • ISBN-10: 1414494394
  • ISBN-13: 9781414494395
  • DDC: 809
  • Shipping Weight: 2.35 lbs ( 1.07 kgs)
  • 360 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2014, 2013
  • © 2014 | Published
  • Newer Edition Available



Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism assembles and contextualizes critical responses to the works of writers of all sorts—poets, playwrights, chroniclers, philosophers, religious figures, and writers from other genres—from every region of the world, from the earliest known examples of written works to the eve of the modern era. Clear, accessible introductory essays followed by carefully selected critical responses allow endusers to engage with a variety of scholarly views and conversations about authors, works and literary topics. Students writing papers or class presentations, instructors preparing their syllabi, or anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the period will find this a highly useful resource. Each of the more than 130 volumes in this long-standing series profiles approximately 3-6 authors or individual works of all genres, by providing a brief introduction and a collection of full-text or excerpted criticism reproduced from books, magazines, literary reviews, newspapers and scholarly journals. A full citation and annotation precede each of the approximately 50 essays per volume; many include an author portrait. The series currently covers nearly 400 authors and also includes numerous entries focusing on literary topics and individual works.

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Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism Series

As a convenient source of wide-ranging critical opinion on early literature, this series contains excerpts from criticism through the ages on the works of philosophers, poets and playwrights, political leaders, scientists, mathematicians and writers from other genres. Students writing a term paper on an author, work, topic, theme or idea — or anyone wanting to become better acquainted with the classics — will find this series a helpful first resource. Approximately 90-95% of critical essays are full text.

Features and Benefits

  • Entries included in this volume: Lucan, Murasaki Shikibu, and Sappho.
  • Bibliographies of the writer's works.
  • Criticism.
  • Suggested sources for further reading.
  • Author, topic, nationality and title indexes.

What's New

  • Introduction including biography and textual history.

Table of Contents

Lucan 39-65 (Spanish-born Roman poet, quaestor, and augur under Nero).
Murasaki Shikibu 973/978?-1014? (Japanese novelist and poet).
Sappho c. 630 BC-c. 570 BC (Greek poet).

Products Included

World Literature and Its Times: Classical Literature and Its Times, Volume 8  (ISBN-10: 0787660388 | ISBN-13: 9780787660383)

World Literature and Its Times helps students and researchers make connections between political/social climate during which books were written and the works themselves. Each volume focuses on major fiction, poetry and nonfiction from a particular country and region, representing approximately 50 works. The detailed essays are approximately 10 pages in length and offer the following features:

  • Introductory profile -- an overview that discuss genre, time, place and other important elements with a synopsis and introduction that places the work in the context of the authors' life
  • Events in history -- a report on the social, political and cultural climate relevant to the work, including primary source documents, charts, timelines and other illustrative materials
  • Literary work in focus -- three sections that place the work in context with an in-depth summary, related history and historical sources
  • Sources for more information -- full citations offering additional sources of information

Additional features include illustrations; maps; author and title tables of contents; sidebars; timelines; advisor information; and an alphabetical index of authors, titles, events and personalities.

The series contains eight volumes covering the following literatures:

  • Latin American literature
  • African literature
  • British & Irish literature (2 volumes - The Victorian Era to the Present and Celtic Migrations to the Reform Bill )
  • Spanish & Portuguese literature
  • Middle Eastern literature
  • Italian literature
  • Classical literature

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