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Vivien and Merlin. 1824. Julia Margaret Cameron (photographer).. Albumen print.  Repository: George Eastman House.

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  Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Companions
  Biography
  Film Reference Sources
  Style Guides
Locating Books
  Thomcat
  PASCAL Catalog
  eBook Collections
  Worldcat and Interlibrary Loans (ILL)
Locating Articles & Criticism
  Reference Sources & Criticism
  Journal Articles Databases
  Key Journals
  Journal Finder
Searching Across Multiple Databases
  Library OneSearch
Specific Works & Themes
  Beowulf
  Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Internet Resources
  General Medieval Literature Sources
  Associations

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Reference Sources:    

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Companions, Guides

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For background information and definitions refer to the following library reference works and online reference collections:

The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Anglo-Saxon England, Blackwell, 1999.  
Main Level, Reference:
R 942.01 B568B

Cambridge Guide to Literature in English [CREDO Reference], Cambridge Univ. Press, 2006.  Authoritative and international survey of world literature in English with entries on eras, theses, genres and critical terms, authors, poems, novels, literary journals and plays.

A Companion to Chrétien de Troyes. Norris J. Lacy and Joan Tasker Grimbert, editors. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2005. Upper Level: 841.1 C738C  

A Companion to Old and Middle English Literature  Westport, CT.: Greenwood Press, 2002. [EBSCO eBook Academic Collection].


A Companion to the Gawain-Poet. Derek Brewer and Jonathan Gibson, editors. D.S. Brewer Pub., 1997. Upper Level: 821.109 C738C

A Concordance to Beowulf.  Albert Cook. Max Niemeyer Pub., 1911.   Reprinted by Gale Research Co., 1968.  Main Level, Reference:  R 829.3 C771C

Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature [CREDO Reference], Continuum International, 2006.   
A comprehensive guide to all British literature. Includes entries for the Gawain Poet, Layamon’s Brut, Middle English, etc.
                


A Dictionary of Literary Symbols
[CREDO Reference], Cambridge University Press, 2003.  

Print edition also available, Main Level, Reference: R 809.915 F373D [2000 ed.]   

The first dictionary of symbols to be based on literature, rather than "universal" psychological archetypes, myths, or esoterica. Concentrates on English literature, but its entries range widely from the Bible and classical authors to the twentieth century, taking in American and European literatures. 


Dictionary of the Middle Ages, Joseph R. Strayer, editor, Scribner, c1982-c1989.

Main Level, Reference: R 909.07 D561D [13 vols, suppl.]

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The Encyclopedia of Ancient Civilizations, Arthur Cotterell, ed., Mayflower Books, 1980.
Main Level, Reference:
R 930.03 En19E

Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature [CREDO Reference], Robert Thomas Lambdin and Laura Cooner Lambdin, eds. Greenwood Press, 2000.
While the volume is devoted primarily to the literature of medieval England, its multicultural scope also encompasses Islamic, Mongolian, Celtic, Hispanic, Italian, Russian, and Germanic works.


Encyclopedia of Society and Culture in the Medieval World. Pam J. Crabtree, ed. Facts on File, 2008. Main Level, Reference: R 909.07 En19E2 (4 volumes). 

Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages. Andre Vauchez, ed., Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2000.
Main Level, Reference:
 R 909.07 En19E [2 volumes]

European Writers, Volumes 1- 2: The Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Scribner, 1983.
Main Level, Reference: R 809.894 Eu74E

Also available online via Literature Resource Center and Literature Resources from Gale

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Global Medieval Life and Culture. Joyce E. Salisbury, editor. Greenwood Press, 2009. [EBSCO eBook Academic Collection].

Handbook of Medieval Studies: Terms, Methods, Trends.  Albrecht Classen. Walter de Gruyter, Inc., 2010. [EBSCO eBook Collection]. add link

King Arthur: A Casebook. Edward Donald Kennedy, editor. New York: Garland Pub., 1996.

Upper Level: 809.93351 K58K  

   Chapters include: Malory's King Mark and King Arthur / Edward Donald Kennedy -- King Arthur in the Scottish   

  chornicles / Karl Heinz Göller -- Polydore Vergil and John Leland on King Arthur: the battle of the books / James 

  P. Carley -- The Arthurs of the Faerie queene / Merritt Y. Hughes -- The Female king: Tennyson's Arthurian

  apocalypse / Elliot L. Gilbert -- To Take Excalibur: King Arthur and the Construction of Victorian Manhood / Debra

  N. Mancoff -- T.H. White and the Legend of King Arthur: From Animal Fantasy to Political Morality / François Gallix

  -- Conceptions of King Arthur in the Twentieth Century / Raymond H. Thompson/.

  (Click on the call number above to view complete table of contents).

Medieval England: An Encyclopedia, Paul E. Szarmach, ed., Garland Pub., 1998.
Main Level, Reference:
R 942 M468M

Medieval France: An Encyclopedia. William W. Kibler, ed. Garland Pub., 1995. 
Main Level, Reference: 
R 944.003 M468M

The Middle Ages: A Concise Encyclopaedia. H.R. Loyn, ed. Thames and Hudson, 1989. 
Main Level, Reference:
R 909.07 M584M

The New Arthurian Encyclopedia. Norris J. Lacy, ed. Garland Pub., 1996.
Main Level, Reference:
R 809.93351 N42N

The Oxford Companion to English Literature 7th edition. Dinah Birch, editor. Oxford Univ. Press, 2007. [Oxford Reference Online],
We also have the 6th edition, in print: Main Level Reference: R 820.9 Ox2O

The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend. Alan Lupack. Oxford University Press, 2005 

Upper Level: 809.93351 L973O  

 

Biography--Reference Sources   back to top

 

          Arthurian Writers: A Biographical Encyclopedia

              Laura Cooner Lambdin and Robert Thomas Lambdin, editors.

           Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008.

              [EBSCO eBook Academic Collection].

Gale Biography in Context

Biography Resource Center combines Gale biographies with related full-text

articles from magazines and newspapers, thousands of images, and links to vetted websites. Search for current or historic figures based on name,

occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender, as

well as keyword and full text.

Literature Resource Center [Thomson Gale] Pascal Logo
Search here for your author or use advanced search criteria to compile a list of authors by type. Contains biographical information from Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography databases.

Films --Reference Sources   back to top


International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers

[Gale Virtual Reference Library], St. James Press, 2001. 

Encyclopedic in scope. Electronic edition of four volume set giving thorough coverage of films and filmmakers, including legendary films, actors and actresses, directors, writers and other production artists. Entries include a detailed essay written by an expert; biographies; filmographies; comprehensive credits; major awards; and updated bibliographies, as well as photographs.

Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film.  Barry Keith Grant, editor. Detroit: Schirmer Reference, 2007.

Main Level, Reference: R 791.4303 G767S [4 vols]

 

 
Style Guides   back to top

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.

7th edition. Modern Language Association, 2009.

   2 copies: Main Level, Reference  R 808.02 M72M

                    AND Ready Reference Shelf (behind Reference Desk)

 

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.


Locating Books   back to top


THOMCAT

Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to the Medieval literature:
               
  • Materials may also be found by specifying the country of origin, era, literary genre, or the material type in which you are interested, or by identifying broader themes in literature.
 
EXAMPLES OF LC SUBJECT HEADINGS IN THOMCAT
 
  Arthurian romances -- Adaptations -- History and criticism  
  Medievalism -- England -- History -- 20th century  
  Medievalism -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century  
  Middle Ages in literature  
  Epic poetry, English (Old) -- History and criticism  
  Epic Poetry–History and Criticism  
 

English literature--Middle English, 1100-1500--History and criticism

 
  Gawain and the Grene Knight  
  Knights and knighthood in literature  
   

 

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • Try a KEYWORD if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips


· Add *
(asterisk) to the root of a word to truncate or expand
a term:
knight* = knight, knights, knighthood

chivalr*= chivalry, chivalrous

Arthur*= Arthur, Arthur's, Arthurian

monstro*= monstrous, monstrosity


· Use AND between words or phrases to narrow your search:
C.S. Lewis
AND medieval*

Beowulf AND adaptation*

· Use OR between words to expand your search
medieval OR mediaeval OR middle ages

·When combining AND with OR terms,

use NESTING (parentheses) around "OR' terms

C.S. Lewis AND (medieval* OR Arthurian)

(monster* OR monstro*) AND (medieval OR middle ages)

(song OR chanson) AND Roland

Beowulf AND (film* OR movie* OR motion picture*)

 

Try KEYWORD searching with ThomCat, other library catalogs & journal article databases


PASCAL   back to top

PASCALCAT -If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC.

Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries.

Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.

 

Example of a record for a book in PASCAL catalog

 
 
Author Ng, Andrew Hock-soon, 1972-
Title Dimensions of monstrosity in contemporary narratives: theory, psychoanalysis, postmodernism / Andrew Hock-soon Ng.
Publication Info. Houndmills [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
 
 

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eBook Collections    

EBSCO eBook Collections

[Includes combined contents of EBSCO eBook Collection and EBSCO eBook Academic Collection] Over 90,000 full-text ebooks covering a variety of disciplines.

             

 

ebrary eBook Collection 
Approximatley 70,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.

          Clockwise from left:

Race, Class and Gender in Medieval Cinema [ebrary]

The Use of Arthurian Legend in Hollywood Film [EBSCO]

Neomedievalism in the Media: Essays on Film, Television, & Electronic Games

[EBSCO]

Exploring Guinevere's Search for Authenticity in the Arthurian Romances: The Thousand-year Old Quest of a Mythic Woman to Find Her Historical Embodiment in Film and Literature [EBSCO]

     
WorldCat & Interlibrary Loan (ILL)    


WorldCatA catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCALCAT.

Interlibrary Loan - ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Check link for instructions.


Locating Articles & Criticism:   back to top
Reference Sources & Criticism    

 

Literature Resource Center [Thomson Gale] Pascal Logo
Biographical, bibliographical and contextual information from the Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography databases, as well as full-text criticism from the Contemporary Literary Criticism Select database. Contains full-text journal articles from more than 250 literary journals, critical essays, author biographies, and definitions of literary terms from Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature. Includes full-text coverage of the monographic series Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism.

 

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MLA International Bibliography  [EBSCOhost] Pascal Logo
Indexes critical literary and language scholarship and provides access to journals and serials published worldwide, as well as books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. Nearly 45,000 records are added annually.

 Academic Search Complete [EBSCOhost] Pascal Logo
Scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.

Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance Index to literature pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Citations for books, journal material (articles, reviews, review articles, bibliographies, catalogues, abstracts and discographies) are included, as are citations for dissertation abstracts, and essays in books (including entries in conference proceedings, festschriften, encyclopedias and exhibition catalogues).  

JSTOR                          
Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, & III contain an archive of over 350 full-text journals which are searchable through JSTOR or accessible through Journal Finder, which guides the user to full-text articles available at Thomason Library. The collections include journals in economics, history, political science, sociology, and humanities. This archive covers the full run of journals from the first issue of volume one; however, the most current three to five year issues of the journals are not available as specified by the publishers in their agreements with JSTOR.

Project MUSE Basic Undergraduate Collection  
Current and recent volumes of 112 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Searching Across Multiple Databases    

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Library OneSearch

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Use this resource to search for:

  • print & electronic books  (Thomcat & ebook collections),
  • journal articles,
  • other reference database collections

 

  

Specific Works and Themes    
Beowulf   back to top

 

Beowulf; reproduced in facsimile from the unique manuscript, British Museum Ms. Cotton Vitellius A. xv, with a transliteration and notes by Julius Zupitza. Pub. for the Early English Text Society, by the Oxford University Press 1959 [c1967, reprinted 1981]  2d ed., containing a new reproduction of the manuscript, with an introductory note by Norman Davis.

Upper Level: 829.3 B45B7

Beowulf.  Translated by Francis B. Gummere. New York: P.F. Collier & Sons,
1910. Digitized version via University of Virginia Library.

Beowulf. George Clark. Twayne Publishers, 1990.

Upper Level. 829.3 C547B

Beowulf and the Beowulf Manuscript. Rev. ed. Kevin S. Kiernan   University of Michigan Press, c1996.

Kings, Beasts and Heroes. Oxford University Press, 1972  Upper Level: 398.22 J716K


Pride and Prodigies: Studies in the Monsters of the Beowulf Manuscript
Andy Orchard. U. of Toronto Press, 2003.

[Google Books].  Note: Preview—contains full text of most of this book, but random pages have been omitted from the scan.

Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics. J. R. R. Tolkien Oxford University Press, 1960.

Upper Level: 829.3 T577B

Also available as a chapter in the ebook Rebirth and Renewal. Harold Bloom, editor; Blake Hobby, volume editor. Bloom's Literary Criticism, 2009. [EBSCOhost eBook Collection].

The Mode and Meaning of "Beowulf." Margaret E. Goldsmith. Athlone Press., 1970.

Upper Level: 829.3 G574M

                

 

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance.   Ad Putter. Clarendon Press, 2001.

Upper Level: 821.1 P986S

Sir Gawain and the Classical Tradition: Essays on the Ancient Antecedents.

E. L.Risden, ed., McFarland & Co., 2006.
Upper Level :
821.1 Si76S2 

Twentieth Century Interpretations of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Collection of Critical Essays.   Denton Fox, editor. Prentice-Hall, 1968.
Upper Level: 821.1 F83T

 

The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend. Alan Lupack.  Oxford University Press, 2005.
Upper Level:
809.93351 L973O

Includes chapter "Gawain."

 

Making of the Middle Ages, Southern, R. W., Yale University Press, 1959.
Upper Level:
940.1 So88M 

The Medieval World: Europe, 1100-1350, Heer, F., World Pub.Co, 1962.
Upper Level: 940.17 H36M   
Includes chapter “Courtly Love and Courtly Literature.



Key Journals   back to top

 

Essays in Medieval Studies

Each volume has had a thematic focus based on the theme or topic of the annual meeting of Illinois Medieval Assoc. 

Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe 

Open source journal. To view past issues, or to search all of the archive, click on "Journal Navigation" link.

  Focuses on North-western Europe during the early medieval period (from the early 4th through 13th centuries).  Seeks to foster dialogue between all scholars of this period across ethnic and disciplinary boundaries, including—but not limited to—history, archaeology, and literature pertaining to the period.

Literature Film Quarterly Literature/Film Quarterly is is the longest standing academic journal devoted to the study of adaptation; it is edited and published at Salisbury University.

Mediaeval Studies 

The annual journal published by the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. The journal was established in 1939 and from the outset its purpose has been the publication of research on the Middle Ages by scholars throughout the world, particularly research involving unedited manuscript and archival material. Most volumes are divided into three sections: “Texts ” includes extensive editions with substantial introductions; “Articles” includes studies based on unedited or edited documents and texts and also includes studies of other monuments of medieval culture; “Mediaevalia” consists of notices or short articles on specific documents or topics

Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England

 

Speculum: A Journal of Mediæval Studies   Publishes articles and book reviews on any and all aspects of the Middle Ages, including art, history, literature, philosophy and theology, music, science, law, and economics.

 

Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

ELH (English Literary History)
Superior studies interpreting the conditions affecting major works in English and American literature while publishing articles with an intelligent mix of historical, critical, and theoretical concerns.

Studies in English Literature
Focuses on four fields of British Literature which rotate quarterly as follows: Winter-English Renaissance, Spring - Tudor and Stuart Drama, Summer-Restoration and Eighteenth Century, and Autumn - Nineteenth Century with historical and critical essays which contribute to the understanding of English Literature.

Journal Finder   back to top

 

Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.


Library article databases are inter-connected by Journal Finder, which will lead you to the full-text of an article when available.

 

Internet Resources   back to top
General Sources    

Medievalism and Literature: An Annotated Bibliography of Critical Studies

Richard Utz and Anita Dygon.  Western Michigan University, 2002.


The ORB: On-line Reference Book for Medieval Studies


Luminarium's Gawain Site  Texts, essays, links to other resources.

Middle English Compendium Bibliography, Middle English Dictionary, and more

 

The Camelot Project at the University of Rochester Bibliographies, Images, and Links to other Arthurian resources.

TEAMS Middle English Texts Another resource from the University of Rochester/Camelot Project. The goal of TEAMS is "to make available to teachers and students texts which occupy an important place in the literary and cultural canon but which have not been readily available in student editions." In addition to the Middle English texts, TEAMS also provides commentaries (some of which are quite extensive) and bibliographies.


The Voice of the Shuttle: Anglo Saxon and Medieval  [Alan Liu, UC Santa Barbara]
An extensive annotated guide to Romanticism-related resources on the Internet, arranged by category.


Electronic Beowulf
  
"The Third Edition of Electronic Beowulf is designed to meet the needs of general readers, who require

a full, line by line, translation; of students, who want

to understand the grammar and the meter and still have time in a semester to study and appreciate other important aspects of the poem; and of scholars, who want immediate access to a critical apparatus identifying the nearly 2000 eighteenth-century restorations, editorial emendations, and manuscript-based conjectural restorations."

[from website].


Beowulf Bibliography, 1990-2010.
Kevin Kiernan.

(Included in the Electornic Beowulf project).

Bosworth-Toller Anglo-Saxon Dictionary

Still important and accessible is the famous nineteenth-century Bosworth-Toller Dictionary, An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary, Based on the Manuscript Collections of the Late Joseph Bosworth ... Edited and Enlarged by T. Northcote Toller (Oxford: Clarendon, 1882-98). Charles University in Prague has recently provided a searchable version. [from Electronic Beowulf page]


Associations  

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International Society for the Study of Medievalism  The International Society for the Study of Medievalism is an academic organization that intends to promote the interdisciplinary study of the popular and scholarly reception of the Middle Ages in postmedieval times. It is based on the work and studies of Leslie J. Workman (1927-2001), who is universally recognized as the founder of the academic study of medievalism in the English-speaking world. Officers and members of the organization currently maintain a peer-reviewed journal, Studies in Medievalism, an annual publishing conference proceedings and shorter essays (The Year's Work in Medievalism), and a review journal, Medievally Speaking. [from web site]


Oxford Arthurian Society  The Oxford Arthurian Society was founded in 1982 to explore the figure of King Arthur in history, literature and legend. Site includes a selection of online articles from the Oxford Arthurian Society magazine, Ceridwen's Cauldron.

Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) 

The mission of the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) is to promote the study and enjoyment of the Middle Ages by students at every level of expertise. Professional and independent scholars from various branches of medieval studies--history, arts, science, philosophy, archaeology, paleography, theology, language, and literatures--make the Association's annual meeting a forum for scholarly and pedagogical growth within those disciplines as well as a platform for interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration. Members publish their research in the Association's refereed journal, Medieval Perspectives.

 

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