This collection of seventeen essays on later medieval (especially English) literature is gathered to honor Elizabeth D. Kirk, Israel J. Kapstein Professor of English and Professor of Comparative Literature Emerita at Brown University. The individual contents of this diverse book are encapsulated by each author in abstracts appearing beneath each title. What the essays share in addition to the authors’ admiration for Elizabeth Kirk is attentiveness to the mindful spirit of medieval literature. To give readers who do not have the pleasure of Elizabeth’ s acquaintance a richer sense of her mind and spirit, I have interspersed with the following biographical information a few reflections (signaled by italics) selected by Beth Keiser in various voices of friends and former students.
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