Literature Pre-1710

Durham University
Literature Pre-1710
Laurie Atkinson

Just as 'God sceal wið yfele', the close proximity of gnomes concerning the proud draca and the benevolent cyning seem to hold a great deal of applicability to the function of the dragon and the princely figure as they appear in...

Durham University
Literature Pre-1710
Kenneth Chan

Juliana, the titular character of the Old English Juliana, is repeatedly referred to as "virgin" and as "the virgin", but what does it really mean to be "virgin"? R. Howard Bloch writes in Medieval Misogyny, ‘The only true virgin – is a dead...

University of Newcastle
Literature Pre-1710
Alexandra Day

This essay traces Lady Jane Lumley’s early modern adaptation of Euripides’ "Iphigenia at Aulis" through history and media: from sixteenth century manuscript to twentieth century publication to twenty-first century live performance and on-going,...

Queen's University Belfast
Literature Pre-1710
Rebekah Hamilton

This is a rewriting of three poems by the Spanish poet Francisco de Quevedo.  The themes of his poems include love, life, death and the restrictions of expression in Renaissance times. This short story aims to expose these themes in the context...

University of Leeds
Literature Pre-1710
Katherine Handy

The Oedipus Tyrannos has often been held up as an exemplary ancient Greek tragedy,  and owes much of its notoriety to Aristotle, who considered the tragedy to be of the highest quality according to his theories in his work on dramatic theory, the...

Western University
Literature Pre-1710
Michelle Harder

Criticism of Cleanness has been marked by sharp critical divergence on both thematic and formal concerns, and I investigate how the context of 14th century debates on access to vernacular religious texts might allow reconciliation of these...

University College Dublin
Literature Pre-1710
Aedamar Kirrane

This essay demonstrates how Chaucer was at the vanguard of modern enlightenment thinking with his robust interrogation in The House of Fame of the medieval Augustinian doctrine of the ‘rhetoric of silence’. This doctrine held that, in silence,...

University of St Andrews
Literature Pre-1710
Daniel Norman

John Skelton’s 'Garland of Laurel' is a work replete with obscure allusion and intentional complexity. This complexity is made yet more difficult as a result of the significant variations which exist between the early printed editions of the work...

Queen's University Belfast
Literature Pre-1710
Tracy O'Connor

Along with the arms, disease and oppression which the Spanish brought to Latin America from the fifteenth century onwards, the theoretical ideas of humanism also found place in the New World.  European literature maintained the same position of...

University of Bristol
Literature Pre-1710
Isabel Orange

The Babylon topos is an ancient one. This essay will demonstrate that it is also elastic and malleable. It will do so through analysing appropriations which take the motif through metamorphic alterations, not only in Christian exegesis but also...