Depending on the lens with which you analyze a text, you can pull in supporting resources from other subject areas and disciplines. e.g. The Historical Significance lens could be best supported with information about the historical time period or resources like the Oxford English Dictionary can support any arguments made with the Etymology lens.
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These are a few databases you can use to find background information on a topic before searching for scholarly research articles. Learning more about an issue helps you round out your eventual research and essays.
This series provides detailed biographical information about an author along with a list of works and selected interpretations and criticisms. It is an excellent resource for learning more about an author or work to help you pursue further research.
This guide to poems written during the Old English and Medieval periods covers criticism from 1925 to 1990. There are 4500 explication on Chaucer, Beowulf, Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and many other works. Sources include books, journals, articles, anthologies and dissertations, and the bibiography reflects a variety of critical methods: new historical;Marxist; psychological; linguistic; stylistic; deconstructionist; and rhetorical. Poems are listed alphabetically by title, while the critical sources are listed under individual poems, and are arranged alphabetically by author.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Geoffrey Chaucer, often called the father of English literature.As well as the father of English literature, Chaucer was also a philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat.So what do we know of Chaucer? How did he introduce the themes of continental writing to an English speaking audience? And why does his poetry still seem to speak so directly to us today? With Carolyne Larrington, Tutor in Medieval English at St John's College, Oxford; Helen Cooper, Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at the University of Cambridge; Ardis Butterfield, Reader in English at University College London.
There's an angry divisive tension in the air that threatens to make modern politics impossible. Elizabeth Lesser explores the two sides of human nature within us (call them "the mystic" and "the warrior”) that can be harnessed to elevate the way we treat each other. She shares a simple way to begin real dialogue -- by going to lunch with someone who doesn't agree with you, and asking them three questions to find out what's really in their hearts.