A Companion to Anglo-Saxon Literature / Edition 1

A Companion to Anglo-Saxon Literature / Edition 1

by Phillip Pulsiano
     
 

This stimulating Companion brings together leading scholars from America, the Antipodes, and Europe to point the way ahead for Anglo-Saxon studies. The scope of the volume is unparalleled, embracing not only the literature of the period, but also the cultural background and the discipline of Anglo-Saxon studies, past, present and future.

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This stimulating Companion brings together leading scholars from America, the Antipodes, and Europe to point the way ahead for Anglo-Saxon studies. The scope of the volume is unparalleled, embracing not only the literature of the period, but also the cultural background and the discipline of Anglo-Saxon studies, past, present and future.

The chapters are linked into five sections covering contexts, readings, genres, intertextualities and debates. The combination of the discussion of primary material and manuscript sources with critical analysis and readings breaks new ground: fresh approaches are offered, genres of writing not normally studied are opened up, and readers are shown how texts can be read in their particular cultural milieu. The complete volume is essential reading for upper-level students or faculty who want a current and challenging overview of the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631209041
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/31/2001
Series:
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture Series, #68
Pages:
548
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.80(d)

Meet the Author

Phillip Pulsiano is late Professor of English at Villanova University. He authored numerous articles on Old and Middle English poetry and prose, and co-edited the Garland Encyclopaedia of Medieval Scandinavia (with Paul Acker and Kirsten Wolf). He had completed the first volume of The Old English Psalters (for Toronto University Press), and had undertaken significant research on Latin female saints' lives from the medieval period, and (with Joseph P. McGowan) the prose texts in the Beowulf-manuscript: work that will be published posthumously.

Elaine M. Treharne is Professor of Early English at Florida State University. She is author of The Old English Life of St Nicholas with the Old English Life of St Giles (1997), co-editor of Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts and their Heritage (with Philip Pulsiano), Rewriting Old English in the Twelfth Century (with Mary Swan), and Readings in Medieval Texts (with David Johnson). She is the author of Old and Middle English: An Anthology (Blackwell, 2003) and an editor for Review of English Studies and Literature Compass. She currently works on the ideology of early English texts and their physical contexts.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Map 1 Late Anglo-Saxon England
Pt. IContexts and Perspectives1
1An Introduction to the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Vernacular Literature3
2An Introduction to the Corpus of Anglo-Latin Literature11
3Transmission of Literature and Learning: Anglo-Saxon Scribal Culture50
4Authorship and Anonymity71
5Audience(s), Reception, Literacy84
6Anglo-Saxon Manuscript Production: Issues of Making and Using102
Pt. IIReadings: Cultural Framework and Heritage119
7The Germanic Background121
8Religious Context: Pre-Benedictine Reform Period135
9The Benedictine Reform and Beyond151
10Legal and Documentary Writings170
11Scientific and Medical Writings188
12Prayers, Glosses and Glossaries209
Pt. IIIGenres and Modes231
13Religious Prose233
14Religious Poetry251
15Secular Prose268
16Secular Poetry281
17Anglo-Latin Prose296
Pt. IVIntertextualities: Sources and Influences325
18Biblical and Patristic Learning327
19The Irish Tradition345
20Continental Germanic Influences375
21Scandinavian Relations388
Pt. VDebates and Issues401
22English in the Post-Conquest Period403
23Anglo-Saxon Studies: Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries415
24Anglo-Saxon Studies in the Nineteenth Century England, Denmark, America434
25Anglo-Saxon Studies in the Nineteenth Century: Germany, Austria, Switzerland455
26By the Numbers: Anglo-Saxon Scholarship at the Century's End472
27The New Millennium496
Selected Further Reading506
Index511

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