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  • FRONT MATTER

    A Note from the Editors - Jennifer L. Holberg and Marcy Taylor

    Guest Editors’ Introduction: Teaching Medieval Literature off the Grid - Nathanial B. Smith and Gina Brandolino

    ARTICLES

    Studying Audiences off the Grid

    Medieval Prime Time: Entertaining the Family in Fifteenth-Century England—and Educating Students in Twenty-First-Century America - Myra J. Seaman

    Drinking Feasts and Insult Battles: Bringing Anglo-Saxon Pedagogy into the Contemporary Classroom - Harold C. Zimmerman

    Critical Pleasure, Visceral Literacy, and the Prik of Conscience - Moira Fitzgibbons

    Teaching Innocent’s Legacy: Middle English Texts for Commoners - Gina Brandolino

    Off-the-Grid Authors and Traditions

    Loading Jewry into the Medieval Canon - Theodore L. Steinberg

    The Languages of British Literature and the Stakes of Anthologies - Matthieu Boyd

    Teaching off the Literary Grid with Hildegard of Bingen’s Physica - Andreea Boboc

    Thomas Hoccleve’s Particular Appeal - David Watt

    Off the Grid for Forty Years: Bringing John Gower into the Classroom - R. F. Yeager

    REVIEWS

    Re-forming Our Early English Curricula - Katherine Steele Brokaw

    Form and Reform: Reading across the Fifteenth Century. Edited by Shannon Gayk and Kathleen Tonry. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2011.

    Teaching Pilgrimage through Primary Texts - Damian Fleming

    Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages: A Reader. Edited by Brett Edward Whalen. Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures 16. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.

    More Than Something on the Side: Teaching Medieval Romance - Alex Mueller

    A Companion to Medieval Popular Romance. Edited by Raluca L. Radulescu and Cory James Rushton. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2009.

    “We therefore ben tawht of that was write tho”: Teaching Gower in the Classroom - Conrad van Dijk

    Approaches to Teaching the Poetry of John Gower. Edited by R. F. Yeager and Brian W. Gastle. New York: Modern Language Association, 2011.

    Teachable Henryson, Accessible Middle Scots - Julie Orlemanski

    Robert Henryson: The Complete Works. Edited by David J. Parkinson. TEAMS Middle English Texts Series. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications,2010.

    De-centering Chaucer, Emphasizing His Contemporaries - Nathanial B. Smith

    A Companion to Chaucer and His Contemporaries: Texts and Contexts. Edited by Laurel Amtower and Jacqueline Vanhoutte. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2009.

    John Lydgate’s “Noble Devices” - Corey Sparks

    John Lydgate: Mummings and Entertainments. Edited by Claire Sponsler. TEAMS Middle English Text Series. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2010.

    Interlocking Genres: A New Approach to Surveys of Anglo-Saxon Literature - Eric R. Carlson

    The Cambridge Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Literature. By Hugh Magennis.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

    Handling Medieval Literature - Thomas H. Crofts

    The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English. Edited by Elaine Treharne and Greg Walker. Oxford: Oxford

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  • Description

    The nine essays collected in “Teaching Medieval Literature off the Grid” make the case for incorporating noncanonical medieval texts in a range of literature courses and offer practical ways to look beyond conventional literary, ideological, and canonical boundaries. As these essays demonstrate, noncanonical texts can shed light on perspectives different from those represented by the culturally authoritative texts of the canon, often can serve the useful purpose of defamiliarizing traditional readings, and may even engage students in ways canonical literary texts simply cannot. The essays in this collection offer models, strategies, and lesson plans that teachers, both medievalists and generalists alike, can use to incorporate lesser-known medieval texts into a range of literature courses—from courses focused exclusively on medieval literature, to the early British literature survey, to a wide range of special topics courses.

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