A Companion to Anglo-Saxon Literature / Edition 1

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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.

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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




Part I. Contexts and Perspectives:.

1. An Introduction to the Corpus of Anglo-Saxon VernacularEnglish: Elaine Treharne (Florida State University) and PhillipPulsiano (Villanova University).

2. An Introduction to the Corpus of Anglo-Latin Literature:Joseph P. McGowan (University of San Diego).

3. Transmission of Literature and Learning: Anglo Saxon ScribalCulture: Jonathan Wilcox (University of Iowa).

4. Authorship and Anonymity: Mary Swan (University ofLeeds).

5. Audience(s), Reception, Literacy: Hugh Magennis(Queen’s University Belfast).

6. Anglo-Saxon Manuscript Production: Issues of Making andUsing: Michelle P. Brown (British Library).

Part II. Readings: Cultural Framework and Heritage:.

7. The Germanic Background: Patrizia Lendinara (University ofPalermo).

8. Religious Context: Pre-Benedictine Reform Period: SusanIrvine (University College London).

9. The Benedictine Reform and Beyond: Joyce Hill (University ofLeeds).

10. Legal and Documentary Writings: Carole Hough (University ofGlasgow).

11. Scientific and Medical Writings: Stephanie Hollis(University of Auckland).

12. Prayers, Glosses and Glossaries: Phillip Pulsiano (VillanovaUniversity).

Part III.Genre and Modes:.

13. Religious Prose: Roy M. Liuzza (University of Tennessee atKnoxville).

14. Religious Poetry: Patrick W. Conner (West VirginiaUniversity).

15. Secular Prose: Donald G. Scragg (University ofManchester).

16. Secular Poetry: Fred C. Robinson (Yale University).

17. Anglo-Latin Prose: Joseph P. McGowan (University of SanDiego).

Part IV. Intertextualities: Sources andInfluences:.

18. Biblical and Patristic Learning: Tom Hall (University ofIllinois at Chicago).

19. The Irish Tradition: Charles D. Wright (University ofIllinois at Urbana-Champaign).

20. Germanic Influences: Rolf Bremmer (University ofLeiden).

21. Scandinavian Relations: Robert E. Bjork (Arizona StateUniversity).

Part V. Debates and Issues:.

22. English in the Post-Conquest Period: Elaine Treharne(Florida State University).

23. Anglo-Saxon Studies: Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries:Timothy Graham (University of New Mexico).

24. Anglo-Saxon Studies in the Nineteenth Century: England,Denmark, America: J. R. Hall (Notre Dame University inIndiana).

25. Anglo-Saxon Studies in the Nineteenth Century: Germany,Austria, Switzerland: Hans Sauer (LM University, Munich).

26. By the Numbers: Anglo-Saxon Scholarship at the Century'sEnd: Allen Frantzen (Loyola University Chicago).

27. The New Millennium: Nicholas Howe (Ohio StateUniversity).

Selected Further Reading.


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