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Beowulf and the Celtic Tradition
     

Beowulf and the Celtic Tradition

by Martin Puhvel
 

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The author traces and evaluates the possible influences of Celtic tradition on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf. He discusses theories of the origins of the poem, draws parallels between elements in Beowulf and in Celtic literary tradition, and suggests that the central plot of the poem, the conflict with Grendel and his mother, is "fundamentally

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The author traces and evaluates the possible influences of Celtic tradition on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf. He discusses theories of the origins of the poem, draws parallels between elements in Beowulf and in Celtic literary tradition, and suggests that the central plot of the poem, the conflict with Grendel and his mother, is "fundamentally indebted to Celtic folktale elements." The study is well documented and rich in references to Celtic literature, legend, and folklore.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554587698
Publisher:
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date:
10/30/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
151
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Martin Puhvel is Associate Professor of English at McGill University, where he teaches Old and Middle English language and literature, Old Norse, and folklore. He has contributed numerous articles on various facets of English literature to learned journals. A native Estonian, he has translated Estonian literature into English and vice versa. He holds the Ph.D. degree from Harvard.

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