Encyclopedia Entries on Middle English Literary Works (CFP)


The valuable reference work, The Literary Encyclopediais looking for qualified writers to enhance its coverage of Middle English Literature. If you wish to contribute, please contact one of the volume editors for Medieval and Early Modern England, Dr Jamie McKinstry (j.a.mckinstry@durham.ac.uk); or the managing editor, Dr Cristina Sandru (cristinasandru@litencyc.com).

We are currently adding to the Encyclopedia’s range of major literary works themselves and a list of required entries is given below. The list is not comprehensive or final, and new proposals of writers/works/context essays that are not currently listed in our database are also welcome. However, we will prioritize articles on writers and works frequently studied on university courses, and those that are highly topical and well-known. Given the variety of works that are needed, some being more ‘major’ or  ‘canonical’ than others, the advisory word length for each entry will vary and guidance will be given when an offer of potential contribution is received.

All offers of contribution should come accompanied by an up-to-date CV and, in the case of doctoral students who wish to offer a contribution, also a short writing sample. Please also indicate in your offer for which work(s) you would be interested in writing an article.

The overwhelming majority (about 90%) of our contributors are academic scholars, while the remaining percentage is made up of highly endorsed doctoral students and independent researchers. All contributions will be peer-reviewed.

More detailed information on the Encyclopedia – including its publishing model, editorial policies, specific information for authors etc. – can be found on its homepage, under the ABOUT tab. In order to explore the kinds of content we publish please log in using the case-sensitive username ‘SpringGuest2017’ and the password ‘derekwalcott’.

We hope that you will wish to join us in this enterprise. If you wish to contribute, please contact one of the volume editors for Medieval and Early Modern England, Dr Jamie McKinstry (j.a.mckinstry@durham.ac.uk); or the managing editor, Dr Cristina Sandru (cristinasandru@litencyc.com).

List of Articles Sought

Middle English Romances

  • Havelok the Dane
  • Sir Orfeo
  • Chevelere Assigne
  • Sir Cleges
  • Guy of Warwick
  • William of Palerne
  • Ipomadon
  • Ywain and Gawain
  • Sir Launfal
  • The Awyntyrs off Arthure
  • The Weddyng of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell
  • Gamelyn
  • King Horn
  • Lai le Fresne
  • Floris and Blancheflour
  • The Squire of Low Degree
  • The Tournament of Tottenham
  • Sir Gawain and the Carl of Carlyle
  • The Sege of Melayne
  • Emaré
  • Octavian
  • Amis and Amiloun
  • Bevis of Hamtoun
  • Sir Degrevant
  • Sir Degaré
  • The Seige of Jerusalem

Gawain-Poet Works

  • Cleanness

Chaucerian Works

  • The Knight’s Tale
  • The Miller’s Tale
  • The Reeve’s Tale
  • The Man of Law’s Tale
  • The Summoner’s Tale
  • The Clerk’s Tale
  • The Merchant’s Tale
  • The Shipman’s Tale
  • The Prioress’s Tale
  • The Tale of Sir Thopas
  • The Tale of Melibee
  • The Monk’s Tale
  • The Canon Yeoman’s Tale
  • The Parson’s Tale
  • The House of Fame
  • Anelida and Arcite
  • The Parliament of Fowls
  • Boece
  • The Short Poems
  • A Treatise on the Astrolabe
  • The Romaunt of the Rose

Thomas Hoccleve

  • The Series
  • Minor Verse

Thomas Malory

  • The Book of Sir Tristram de Lyones 

John Gower

  • Vox Clamantis

John Lydgate

  • The Floure of Curtsey
  • Reason and Sensuality
  • A Complaynt of a Loveres Lyfe
  • The Temple of Glas
  • The Siege of Thebes
  • Troy Book

Other Significant Middle English Works

  • The Kingis Quair
  • The Floure and the Leafe
  • John Skelton’s Poetry
  • Sixteen Revelations of Divine Love (Julian of Norwich)
  • The Alliterative Morte Arthure
  • The Stanzaic Morte Arthure
  • The Owl and the Nightingale
  • Mystery Plays
  • Morality Plays
  • Everyman
  • Dame Sirith
  • The Land of Cokaygne
  • The Bestiary
  • The Cloud of Unknowing
  • Prik of Conscience
  • Winner and Wastour
  • Prose Merlin
  • Layamon’s Brut
  • Chronicon ex Chronicis
  • MS Harley 2253
  • Middle English Lyrics
  • The Mabinogion
  • The Simonie
  • The Cuckoo and the Nightingale
  • The Two Ways
  • The Testament of Love
  • St Erkenwald
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