Recommends


Sites of interest:


Good reads:


  • Louise D’Arcens, Old Songs in the Timeless Land: Medievalism in Australian Literature 1840-1910, Turnhout, Brepols, 2011. An absorbing account of one of the undernoticed foundations of Australian culture and identity. You can read a short review here.
  • Ian Donaldson, Ben Jonson: A Life, Oxford University Press, 2011. A major biography of this most important writer, and the keystone of a life of dedicated scholarship. 
  • Kevin J. Harty, ed., The Vikings on Film, Jefferson, North Carolina, McFarland, 2011. A full and thoughtful set of essays on the remarkable links between American saga film and the Norse tradition.
  • Alan Lupack,  The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend,  New York, Oxford University Press, 2005. A major and thoroughly reliable introduction to and full coverage of the wealth of the myth of King Arthur.
  • David Matthews, The Making of Middle English, 1765-1910, Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 1999. An important and already classic statement on the creation of medieval literary studies in English
  • Andrew Nestingen and Paula Arvas, eds, Scandinavian Crime Fiction, Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 2011. A rich narrative across twelve essays of what is now recognised as one of the major traditions of international crime fiction.
  • Stephanie Trigg, Shame and Honor:  A Vulgar History of the Order of the Garter, Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012. An absorbing scholarly and concept-based account of a very unusual institution.
  • Marina Warner, Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism, Berkeley, University of California Press, 1981, paperback, 2000. A major work of scholarship and analysis on a still absorbing and baffling topic.