This reading list is deliberately summary: it cites the books most helpful in providing the texts of this book. At the same time the student can find the way to the more elaborate text editions and the more extended critical and historical studies.


Godden, M., Lapidge, M. (eds.): The Cambridge Companion to Old English Literature, Cambridge, 1991.
Greenfield, S.B., Calder D.G.: A New Critical History of Old English Literature, New York and London, 1986.
Stanley, E.G. (ed.): Continuations and Beginnings: Studies in Old English Literature, London, 1986.
Brodeur, A.G.: The Art of Beowulf, Berkeley, 1959.
Sisam, K.: The Structure of Beowulf, Oxford, 1965.


Lewis, C.S.: English Literature in the Sixteenth Century, Excluding Drama, London, 1954.
Huizinga, J., The Waning of the Middle Ages, London, 1927.
Patterson, L.: Negotiating the Past: The Historical Understanding of Medieval Literature, Madison, 1987.
Burrow, J.A.: Medieval Writers and their Work: Middle English Literature 1100-1500, Oxford, 1982.
Burrow, J.A: (ed.) Geoffrey Chaucer, in Penguin Critical Anthologies, 1969.
Brewer, D.S. (ed.): Chaucer and Chaucerians, London, 1966.
Pearsall. D., The Canterbury Tales, London, 1985.
Robertson, D.W., A Preface to Chaucer: Studies in Medieval Perspectives, Princeton, 1962.
Tolkien, J.R.R. (ed.), Gordon, E.V., Davis, N. (rev.): Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, OUP, Oxford, 1967.
Burrow, J.A.: A Reading of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Oxford, 1965.
Frank, R.W.: Piers Plowman and the Scheme of Salvation, New Haven, 1957.
Woolf, R.: The English Mystery Plays, London, 1972.
The Works of Sir Thomas Malory, Eugéne Vinaver (ed.), three vols., Oxford 1967.
Vinaver, E.: Malory, Oxford, 1929 (reissued in 1970).


Trevelyan, G.M. England under the Stuarts, Penguin, 1949.
Wilson, F.P.: Seventeenth-Century Prose: Five Lectures, Cambridge, 1960.
Williamson, G.: Seventeenth Century Context, London, 1960.
Nelson, W. (ed.): Twentieth-Century Interpretations of Utopia, Cambridge, 1968.
Buxton, J.: Sir Philip Sidney and the English Renaisance, OUP, 1954.
Lanham, R.A.: Sidney's Arcadia, London, l965.


Kettle, A.: An Introduction to the English Novel, Part I, Oxford, 1951.
McKeon, M.: The Origins of English Novel 1600 – 1740, Cambridge, 1987.
Alter, R.: Rogue's Progress: Studies in the Picaresque Novel, London, 1964.
Baker, E.A.: The History of the English Novel, vols. II – IV, London 1929, reprint 1957.
Battestin, M.C. (ed.): British Novelists, 1660 – 1800, 2 vols., Princeton, 1985.
Brissenden, R.F.: Virtue in Distress: Studies in the Novel of Sentiment from Richardson to Sade, London, 1974.
Gove, P.B.: The Imaginary Voyage in Prose Fiction, 1700 – 1800, London 1941.
Leavis, F.R.: The Great Tradition, London, 1948 (reprint 1962).
Watt, I.: The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson and Fielding, Pelican, 1981.
Weinstein, A.: Fictions of the Self, 1500 – 1800, London 1981.

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