A Critical Companion to Beowulf / Edition 1

A Critical Companion to Beowulf / Edition 1

by Andy Orchard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0859917665

ISBN-13: 9780859917667

Pub. Date: 03/01/2004

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited

Beowulf is the best known and most closely studied literary work surviving from Anglo-Saxon England, and the modern reader is faced with a bewildering number and variety of interpretations about such basic matters as the date, provenance, and significance of the poem. A Critical Companion to Beowulf addresses these and other issues, reviewing and synthesising previous…  See more details below

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Beowulf is the best known and most closely studied literary work surviving from Anglo-Saxon England, and the modern reader is faced with a bewildering number and variety of interpretations about such basic matters as the date, provenance, and significance of the poem. A Critical Companion to Beowulf addresses these and other issues, reviewing and synthesising previous scholarship, as well as offering fresh perspectives. After an initial introduction to the poem, attention is focused on such matters as the manuscript context and approaches to dating the poem; the particular style, diction, and structure of this most idiosyncratic of Old English texts; the background to the poem (considered not simply with respect to historical and legendary material, but also in the context of myth and fable); the specific roles of selected individual characters, both major and minor; and the original intended audience and perceived purpose of the poem. A final chapter describes the range of critical approaches which have been applied to the poem in the past, and points towards directions for future study. ANDY ORCHARD is Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon, University of Oxford

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780859917667
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Map
Genealogies
Beowulf: a brief summary of the plot
1Foreword: looking back1
2Manuscript and text12
3Style and structure57
4Myth and legend98
5Religion and learning130
6Heroes and villains169
7Words and deeds203
8Beowulf: beyond criticism?238
9Afterword looking forward265
App. IThe foliation of Beowulf268
App. IIRepeated formulas in Beowulf274
App. IIIA concordance of repeated formulas in Beowulf315
Bibliography327
Index of lines and passages cited and discussed371
Index of scholars cited382
General index390

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