A Companion to Anglo-Saxon Literature / Edition 1

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This acclaimed volume explores and unravels the contexts, readings, genres, intertextualities and debates within Anglo-Saxon studies.

  • Brings together specially-commissioned contributions from a team of leading European and American scholars.
  • Embraces both the literature and the cultural background of the period.
  • Combines the discussion of primary material and manuscript sources with critical analysis and readings.
  • Considers the past, present and future of Anglo-Saxon studies
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Editorial Reviews

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"The latest addition to Blackwell's comprehensive surveys ofliterature and culture, this volume offers an impressive array ofessays by reputable scholars ... This Companion will be avaluable introduction for upper-level undergraduate and graduatestudents and useful resource for faculty."

"A Companion to Anglo-Saxon Literature is an impressiveanthology of erudite essays written by scholars around the world onthe topic of Anglo-Saxon literature, particularly that of thesixteenth through nineteenth centuries. Prose, poetry, religious,and secular literature are all discussed at length in thiscollege-level analysis and presentation, which is very highlyrecommended for academic literary studies in general, and medievalstudies in reference collections in particular."
The Midwest Book Review

"Many of the world's leading Anglo-Saxonists have contributed tothis volume which provides a very useful overview of currentpreoccupations of those who study and teach Old Englishliterature."
Literature and History

"Stimulating introductions that bring out the wider potential oftheir topics for understanding the Anglo-Saxon past ... much tooffer the more experienced reader as well as the novice."
Literature and History

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Meet the Author

Phillip Pulsiano is late Professor of English at VillanovaUniversity. He authored numerous articles on Old and Middle Englishpoetry and prose, and co-edited the Garland Encyclopaedia ofMedieval Scandinavia (with Paul Acker and Kirsten Wolf). He hadcompleted the first volume of The Old English Psalters (forToronto University Press), and had undertaken significant researchon Latin female saints' lives from the medieval period, and (withJoseph P. McGowan) the prose texts in theBeowulf-manuscript: work that will be publishedposthumously.

Elaine M. Treharne is Professor of Early English atFlorida State University. She is author of The Old English Lifeof 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 TwelfthCentury (with Mary Swan), and Readings in Medieval Texts(with David Johnson). She is the author of Old and MiddleEnglish: An Anthology (Blackwell, 2003) and an editor forReview of English Studies and Literature Compass. Shecurrently works on the ideology of early English texts and theirphysical contexts.

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Table of Contents

Map 1 Late Anglo-Saxon England
Pt. I Contexts and Perspectives 1
1 An Introduction to the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Vernacular Literature 3
2 An Introduction to the Corpus of Anglo-Latin Literature 11
3 Transmission of Literature and Learning: Anglo-Saxon Scribal Culture 50
4 Authorship and Anonymity 71
5 Audience(s), Reception, Literacy 84
6 Anglo-Saxon Manuscript Production: Issues of Making and Using 102
Pt. II Readings: Cultural Framework and Heritage 119
7 The Germanic Background 121
8 Religious Context: Pre-Benedictine Reform Period 135
9 The Benedictine Reform and Beyond 151
10 Legal and Documentary Writings 170
11 Scientific and Medical Writings 188
12 Prayers, Glosses and Glossaries 209
Pt. III Genres and Modes 231
13 Religious Prose 233
14 Religious Poetry 251
15 Secular Prose 268
16 Secular Poetry 281
17 Anglo-Latin Prose 296
Pt. IV Intertextualities: Sources and Influences 325
18 Biblical and Patristic Learning 327
19 The Irish Tradition 345
20 Continental Germanic Influences 375
21 Scandinavian Relations 388
Pt. V Debates and Issues 401
22 English in the Post-Conquest Period 403
23 Anglo-Saxon Studies: Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries 415
24 Anglo-Saxon Studies in the Nineteenth Century England, Denmark, America 434
25 Anglo-Saxon Studies in the Nineteenth Century: Germany, Austria, Switzerland 455
26 By the Numbers: Anglo-Saxon Scholarship at the Century's End 472
27 The New Millennium 496
Selected Further Reading 506
Index 511
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