Roman de Renart Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Blake, N. F. “A Possible Seventh Copy of Caxton's Reynard the Fox(1481)?” Notes and Queries 10, No. 8 (August 1963): 287-88.

Presents evidence that a conjectured seventh Caxton copy is actually a Pynson edition.

_____. “The Epilogue in William Caxton's Second Edition of Reynard the Fox.” Notes and Queries 11, No. 2 (February 1964): 50-51.

Presents evidence that the epilogue found in the Pepysian Library, Cambridge, copy of Caxton's edition is not the work of Caxton and may date from the seventeenth century.

Gravdal, Kathryn. “Law and Literature in the French Middle Ages: Rape Law on Trial in Le Roman de Renart.” Romanic Review LXXXII, No. 1 (January 1991): 1-24.

Explores the relationship between medieval literature and law, particularly in regard to rape. A later version of this essay is excerpted above.

Speer, Mary B. “Comments on the Text of the γ-Redaction of the Roman de Renart.” Romance Philology XXXVII, No. 1 (August 1983): 63-71.

Critiques the works of Noboru Harano and Naoyuki Fukumoto and discusses the editing problem of whether or not, when creating a new edition, to correct mistakes which appear in previous transcriptions.

Varty, Kenneth. “Reynard the Fox and the Smithfield Decretals.” Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 26 (1963): 347-54.

Describes and comments on the many fox illustrations found in a medieval English volume of glossed decretals of Gregory IX.

_____. “The Death and Resurrection of Reynard in Mediaeval Literature and Art.” Nottingham Medieval Studies 10 (1966): 70-93.

Analyzes the seventeenth branch of the Roman de Renart and describes and categorizes related iconographic material from various insular and continental sources.

_____. “The Earliest Illustrated English Editions of Reynard the Fox; and Their Links with the Earliest Illustrated Continental Editions.” In Reynaert Reynard Reynke: Studien zu Einem Mittelalterlichen Tierepos, edited by Jan Goossens and Timothy Sodmann, pp. 160-95. Köln, Germany: Böhlau, 1980.

Focusing on new discoveries, provides a history of early illustrated editions of Reynard the Fox, and describes and compares their woodcuts.

_____. The “Roman de Renart”: A Guide to Scholarly Work. Lanham, Md.: The Scarecrow Press, 1998, 179p.

Provides a wealth of information on manuscripts, editions, translations, adaptations, and critical studies.