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Bibliography and Teaching Resources

This list is not exhaustive; it is intended as a guide to some of the materials written about Henryson, his poetry and his language. There is also a brief list of relevant audio and videocassettes, available from Scotsoun.

1. Books and Articles
a) Primary Texts

The Poems of Robert Henryson ed Denton Fox, Oxford University Press, 1981
Selected Poems of Henryson and Dunbar ed Priscilla Bawcutt and Felicity Riddy, Scottish Academic Press, 1992

b) Secondary Reading

Adamson, J (1976) "Henryson's Testament of Cresseid: 'Fyre and Cauld' The Critical Review 18, pp 39-60
Aitken, AJ et al, eds (1977) Bards and Makars Glasgow University Press
Aitken, AJ (1983) "The Language of Older Scots Poetry" in JD McClure, ed.

Baird, G (1996) The Poems of Robert Henryson ASLS Scotnotes
Bauman, R (1964) "The Folktale and Oral Tradition in the Fables of Robert Henryson" Fabula 6, pp108-124
Burrow, JA (1975) "Henryson: The Preaching of the Swallow" Essays in Criticism 25, pp 25-37

Clark, G (1976) "Henryson and Aesop: the Fable Transformed" English Literary History 43, pp 1-18

Duncan, D (1961) "Henryson's Testament of Cresseid " Essays in Criticism 11, pp 128-135

Fox, D (1962) "Henryson's Fables" English Literary History 29, pp337-356
Fox, D (1966) "The Scottish Chaucerians" in DS Brewer, ed. Chaucer and Chaucerians pp 164-200
Fox, D (1968) "Henryson and Caxton" Journal of English and Germanic Philology 67 pp 586-593
Fox, D (1984) "The Coherence of Henryson's Work" in RF Yeager, ed. pp 275-281
Fradenburg, LO (1984) "Henryson Scholarship: the Recent Decades" in Yeager, ed. pp 65-92

Gray, D (1979) Robert Henryson Leiden: Brill
Gray, D (1995) Robert Henryson and William Dunbar Variorum
Gros Louis, KRR (1966) "Robert Henryson's Orpheus and Eurydice and the Orpheus Tradition of the Middle Ages" Speculum 41, pp 643-655

Jack, RDS, ed (1988) The History of Scottish Literature, Volume I Aberdeen University Press
Jamieson, IWA (1971-2) "The Minor Poems of Robert Henryson" Studies in Scottish Literature 9, pp 125-147
Jenkins, AW "Henryson's The Fox, The Wolf, and the Cadger, again" Studies in Scottish Literature 4, pp 107-112

Kratzmann, G (1980) Anglo-Scottish Literary Relations 1430-1550 Cambridge University Press

Lyall, RJ and F Riddy, eds (1981) Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Scottish Language and Literature (Medieval and Renaissance Universities of Stirling and Glasgow

MacQueen, J (1976) "Neoplatonism and Orphism in Fifteenth Century Scotland" Scottish Studies 20 pp 69-89
MacQueen, J (1967) Robert Henryson: A Study of the Major Narrative Poems Oxford University Press
McClure, JD ed (1983) Scotland and the Lowland Tongue Aberdeen University Press
McClure, JD and Spiller, MRG eds (1989) Bryght Lanternis: Essays on the Language and Literature of Medieval and Renaissance Scotland Aberdeen University Press
McDiarmid, MP (1981) Robert Henryson Edinburgh
McDonald, D (1966-7) "Henryson and Chaucer: Cock and Fox" Texas Studies in Literature and Language 8, pp 451-461

Powell, M (1983) Fabula Docet: Studies in the Background and Interpretation of Henryson's Moral Fables Odense: Denmark

Scheps, W and JA Looney (1986) Middle Scots Poets, A Reference Guide Boston, Mass. 1986
Spearing, AC (1962) "The Testament of Cresseid" and the 'High Concise Style'" Speculum 37, pp 208-225
Strauss, D and HW Drescher , eds (1986) Scottish Language and Literature, Medieval and Renaissance: Fourth International (1984) Conference Proceedings Frankfurt am Main
Strauss, J (1977) "To Speak Once More of Cresseid: Henryson's Testament Reconsidered" Scottish Literary Journal 4, pp 5-13

Toliver, HE (1965) "Robert Henryson: From Moralitas to Irony" English Studies 46 pp 300-309

Von Kreisler, N (1973-4) "Henryson's Visionary Fable: Tradition and Craftsmanship in The Lyoun and the Mous" Texas Studies in Language and Literature 15 pp 391-403

Wright, DA (1971) "Henryson's Orpheus and Eurydice and the Tradition of the Muses" Medium Aevum 40, pp 841-847

Yeager, RF, ed (1984) Fifteenth Century Studies Hamden, Conn.

2. Audiocassettes

Scotsoun has compiled audiocassettes of older Scots poetry. These tapes, and a full catalogue, can be obtained by writing to: Scots Language Society
Blackford Lodge
Perthshire PH4 1QP

Tapes of particular relevance to Robert Henryson are:

Robert Henryson, The Makar Some thoughts and reflections by Rod Lyall, Honorary President of the Robert Henryson Society

Poems of Robert Henryson 1 and 2 Two audiocassettes of Robert Henryson's poetry, selected and read by Matthew McDiarmid.

The Trial of the Fox & The Preiching of the Swallow Renditions from Older into Modern Scots of two Moral Fables, with a commentary. Read by Bob Smith and George Bruce.

Robene and Makyne Rendered from Older into Modern Scots and read by Molly Rorke.

Some other titles of interest are:

10 Medieval Makars Poems by John Barbour, Blin Hary, Gavin Douglas, Sir David Lindsay and others, selected and introduced by Alexander Scott.

Poems of William Dunbar Selected and introduced by Edwin Morgan.

John Barbour Extracts from 'The Brus' selected by Matthew McDiarmid

Gavin Douglas Extracts from 'Eneados' and 'The Palice of Honour' selected by Matthew McDiarmid

How to Pronounce Older Scots A guide, with notes, by Jack Aitken, past editor of the Dictionary of the Older Scots Tongue.

3. Videocassette

A 15-minute video guide to the Presence Room in Dunfermline's Abbot House, with a commentary on The Testament of Cresseid, is also available from Scotsoun by writing to the address above. (VHS Pal format)

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