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Burrow, J. A. (John Anthony)

Works: 63 works in 415 publications in 5 languages and 14,530 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Romances  Poetry  Biography  Manuscripts 
Roles: Editor, Commentator, Other, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Creator
Classifications: PR255, 821.1
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Most widely held works by J. A Burrow
Medieval writers and their work : Middle English literature and its background 1100-1500 by J. A Burrow ( Book )
37 editions published between 1982 and 2008 in English and held by 2,075 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In an updated edition of his introduction to English literature from 1100 to 1500, J.A. Burrow takes account of scholarly developments in the the field, most notably devoting a final chapter to the impact of historicism on medieval studies. Burrow's book deals with circumstances of composition and reception, the main genres, "modes of meaning" (allegory etc.), and medieval literature's afterlife in modern times. It shows that the literature of authors such as Chaucer, Gower, and Langland is more readily accessible than usually imagined, and well worth reading too. By placing medieval writers in their historical context - the four centuries between the Norman Conquest and the Renaissance - Professor Burrow explains not only how they wrote, but why. --From publisher's description
Gestures and looks in medieval narrative by J. A Burrow ( )
18 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 1,915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In medieval society, gestures and speaking looks played an even more important part in public and private exchanges than they do today. In this, the first study of its kind in English, John Burrow examines the role of non-verbal communication in a range of narrative texts
A book of Middle English by J. A Burrow ( Book )
65 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This authoritative textbook introduces readers to the wide range of literature written in England between 1150 and 1400."--BOOK JACKET
The ages of man : a study in medieval writing and thought by J. A Burrow ( Book )
27 editions published between 1986 and 2004 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Burrows examines medieval ideas about the "ages of man" and their connection with the larger orders of nature and history. He looks into their expression in such forms as sermons lexicons, poems, tapestries and stained-glass windows
Ricardian poetry : Chaucer, Gower, Langland, and the Gawain poet by J. A Burrow ( Book )
16 editions published between 1971 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A reading of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by J. A Burrow ( Book )
32 editions published between 1965 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,093 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Essays on medieval literature by J. A Burrow ( Book )
14 editions published between 1984 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Of the 15 essays in this book, 11 have been published elsewhere between 1957 and 1981. They cover no single topic, but range over a number of disparate texts and issues
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by J. A Burrow ( Book )
30 editions published between 1965 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A poem by an unknown author written in the Middle Ages, in which the hero's knightly virtues are put to the test by a huge green knight on a green horse
English verse, 1300-1500 ( Book )
8 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Medieval futures attitudes to the future in the Middle Ages ( )
10 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Medieval Futures explores the rich variety of ways in which medieval people imagined the future, from the prophetic anticipation of the end of the world to the mundane expectation that the world would continue indefinitely, permitting ordinary human plans and provisions. The articles explore the ways in which the future was represented to serve the present, methods used to predict the future, and strategies adopted in order to plan and provide for it. Different conceptions of the future are shown to relate to different social groups and the emergence of new mentalities, suggesting that changing conceptions of the future were related to general shifts in medieval culture."--Jacket
Geoffrey Chaucer; a critical anthology by J. A Burrow ( Book )
20 editions published between 1969 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 552 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Thomas Hoccleve's Complaint and Dialogue by Thomas Hoccleve ( Book )
8 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Thomas Hoccleve's sequence of poems now known as the 'Series' was composed ca. 1420. The present, new edition is limited to the first two sections of the 'Series' known as the 'Complaint' and 'Dialogue'. These are the only two sections of the 'Series' which have not survived in Hoccleve's autograph. This edition presents a reconstructed text of these sections, based on current knowledge of Hoccleve's language, spelling and metre, alongside a transcription of the text presented in Bodl. MS Selden Supra 53, the fifteenth-century scribal copy which most closely represents Hoccleve's linguistic and metrical preferences." "The Notes to the Text and glossary are much fuller than in the Furnivall edition, and the Introduction presents new findings about a poet who has been attracting much attention in recent years."--BOOK JACKET
The poetry of praise by J. A Burrow ( Book )
13 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 391 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
One of the chief functions of poetry in Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance was to praise gods, people and things. Burrow's study spans over two thousand years, from Pindar to Christopher Logue, but its main concern is with the English poetry of the Middle Ages, a period when praise poetry flourished
Langland's fictions by J. A Burrow ( Book )
5 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Langland's Piers Plowman is a profoundly Christian poem which nevertheless has enjoyed a wide general appeal. Readers - both religious and non-religious - have been drawn by the power of Langland's fictive imagination, the rich variety of imaginary worlds in his great dream-poem. Langland's Fictions examines the construction of the ten dreams which make up the B Text of Piers Plowman, and explores the relation of these dream-fictions to those realities with which the poet was chiefly preoccupied. This relationship is discussed under three main headings: 'fictions of the divided mind', in which the poet's mixed feelings about matters such as the value of learning find expression in imagined scenes and actions; 'fictions of history', in which the main events of salvation history are relived in the parallel worlds of dream; and 'fictions of the self', in which Langland's doubtful sense of his own moral standing as a man and a poet apparently finds expression. This chapter also addresses the controversial question of 'autobiographical elements' in the poem. J. A. Burrow's lively and considered study is a major contribution to our understanding of one of medieval literature's most enduring works
Middle English literature : British Academy Gollancz lectures ( Book )
8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beowulf and the roots of Anglo-Saxon poetry ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John A. Burrows and Robert DiNapoli examine the symbolism and the influence of Christianity in Beowulf and other masterpieces of Old English poetry. Also analyzes The wanderer, The seafarer, The dream of the rood, and The battle of Maldon
Essays on Ricardian literature in honour of J.A. Burrow ( Book )
5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Gawain-poet by J. A Burrow ( Book )
7 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The book treats separately all four poems: Pearl, Cleanness, Patience and Sir Gawain. There are also chapters on: the history of the poems and their rediscovery; alliterative verse; and what little is known about the author. The main emphasis falls on interpretation, and on such explanations as a modern reader may require. All quotations cited from the poems are translated as well."--BOOK JACKET
Thomas Hoccleve by J. A Burrow ( Book )
5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Thomas Hoccleve (d.1426) served four kings as a clerk of the Privy Seal. His poetry, partly written under Chaucer's influence, includes the Regiment of Princes on the nature of kingship and some delightful occasional pieces. This documentary life is based on several years' study and offers a fresh interpretation of the poet; few Middle English writers can be so fully understood in the context within which they worked. This study includes new material and an up-to-date bibliography of manuscripts and printed material. John Burrow is Winterstoke Professor of English at Bristol University
Thomas Hoccleve : a facsimile of the autograph verse manuscripts : Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino (California), MSS HM 111 and HM 744, University Library, Durham (England), MS Cosin V. III. 9 by Thomas Hoccleve ( Book )
9 editions published in 2002 in English and English, Old and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The poetry of Thomas Hoccleve (1367?-1426) has attracted increased attention at the beginning of the 21st century. These manuscripts provide a rare opportunity to study the work of a medieval English poet in copies carefully transcribed by the author himself
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Burrow, J. A.
Burrow, J. A. 1932-
Burrow, J. A. (John Anthony)
Burrow, John.
Burrow, John 1932-
Burrow, John A. 1932-
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Burrow, John Anthony 1932-