[center]This book offers an introduction to the central critical traditions that have
formed in reading and writing about Middle English literature.
individual chapters tell the story of how eight key critical themes have been
addressed by such contrasting approaches as historicism, textual criticism, literary
anthropology, New Criticism, psychoanalysis and gender studies. In the
course of each chapter, connections and contrasts between critical approaches
are drawn out and guidance is given to related work and further reading.
Instead, the Guide brings
together a range of major critical approaches that demonstrate the rich variety