Routledge Literature Research

Cutting-Edge Studies and Edited Collections


Routledge Research is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Ranging in scholarship across the humanities and social sciences, Routledge Research titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics. Our publishing program in Literature research has grown rapidly in recent years, and we are pleased to be offering books ranging from Medieval to Contemporary literature, and covering topics such as Postcolonial Literature, Children’s Literature, Atlantics Studies, American Studies, and Travel Writing.

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Routledge Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture

  1. Mary Magdalene in Medieval Culture

    Conflicted Roles

    Edited by Peter Loewen, Robin Waugh

    Series: Routledge Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture

    This innovative and multidisciplinary collection visits representations and interpretations of Mary Magdalene in the medieval and early modern periods, questioning major scholarly assumptions behind the examination of female saints and their depictions in medieval artworks, literature, and music....

    Published January 13th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Cultural Difference and Material Culture in Middle English Romance

    Normans and Saxons

    By Dominique Battles

    Series: Routledge Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture

    This book explores how the cultural distinctions and conflicts between Anglo-Saxons and Normans originating with the Norman Conquest of 1066 prevailed well into the fourteenth century and are manifest in a significant number of Middle English romances including King Horn, Havelok the Dane, Sir...

    Published March 12th 2013 by Routledge

  3. Sin and Filth in Medieval Culture

    The Devil in the Latrine

    By Martha Bayless

    Series: Routledge Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture

    This important new contribution to the history of the body analyzes the role of filth as the material counterpart of sin in medieval thought. Using a wide range of texts, including theology, historical documents, and literature from Augustine to Chaucer, the book shows how filth was regarded as...

    Published December 22nd 2011 by Routledge

  4. Biblical Paradigms in Medieval English Literature

    From Cædmon to Malory

    By Lawrence Besserman

    Series: Routledge Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture

    This book examines the intricate and unusual relationship between the sacred and secular spheres of English medieval culture, positing that the assimilation of sacred and secular motifs could be in either direction, or even in both directions. That is, medieval English writers could appropriate...

    Published October 16th 2011 by Routledge