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Silence in the Library? – Medievalist Poetry Shout-Out

Gail Ashton

Gail Ashton is an academic, writer and poet with research and publishing interests in medieval literature, popular culture, and poetry. Recent books include Medieval Afterlives in Popular Culture (2012), co-edited with Daniel T. Kline, 2012; Geoffrey Chaucer: a life (2011); Medieval Romance in Context (2010); and Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (2007). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...The Library Simon Armitage isn’t even dressed for a London climate. In his Yorkshire-weather parka and boots, he is about to enter the reading room of the British Library to look over the precious original...

Medievalism and Heroism in Arthurian Literature for Young People

Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...A boy – too young to fight in a tournament himself – pulls a sword from a stone and becomes king. A boy – mocked as different by his peers – releases dragons and foretells the destiny of a kingdom. These are just two iconic images from...

Coming of Age in the Middle Ages: The Quest for Identity in Medieval Novels for Young Adults

Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...In Elizabeth Janet Gray’s foundational example of the genre, Adam of the Road (1942), Adam Quartermayne, son of a minstrel, discovers that ‘a road’s a kind of holy thing.... It’s open to the sun and wind and rain. It brings all kinds...

Plantings

A Cultural History of Gardens in the Medieval Age

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Book chapter

...It has often been observed that medieval gardens were planted to serve practical needs. Janet Ferrier’s comments are representative: “Gardens in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries were prized more for their utilitarian value than...

‘Nightcrawler’s Inferno’ and Other Hellish Tales: Comics Adaptations of Dante

Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...There are many adaptations, re-interpretations and appropriations of Dante’s Commedia, or Divine Comedy, in comic form, and while it may be impossible to conclusively answer why this is so, there are some clear and likely reasons...

The BBC Canterbury Tales (2003)

Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...Chaucer in a (Television) BoxBBC1, in keeping with a long tradition of popularizing Chaucer first on radio and then on television, For a general discussion of Chaucer on BBC radio and television, see Steve Ellis (2000), Chaucer...

From Anglo-Saxon to Angelina: Adapting Beowulf for Film

Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...With thanks to Ben Sovin, comrade-in-arms through Beowulf films, and Louise Sylvester, for noticing an ‘actual’ dragon. Written around the year 1000, the Old English poem Beowulf is to English...
...The stylistic developments in classical Persian poetry between the tenth and sixteenth centuries are commonly classified on the basis of poetic styles and the literary activity in courtly centres over a wide geographical area, although...
...This chapter opens with a programmatic authorial confession, indicative of a poet who considers his task as that of a scholar, committed to the ceaseless acquisition of knowledge:All references to Nezāmi’s text are taken from Kolliyāt-e...

Electronic Tolkien: Characterization in Film and Video Games

Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...As Ethan Gilsdorf has rightly observed, ‘Tolkien has spawned a whole international subculture of escapism and fuelled a boom in science fiction and fantasy that’s now 10 percent of the total trade-book business...