A Critical Companion to Beowulf / Edition 1

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Overview

'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, before a lengthy discussion of the particular style, diction, and structure of this most idiosyncratic of Old English texts. The background to the poem is 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, are assessed, and in a chapter on the degree of piety and Latin-derived erudition implied by the text consideration is given to 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 Professor at the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859917667
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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
1 Foreword: looking back 1
2 Manuscript and text 12
3 Style and structure 57
4 Myth and legend 98
5 Religion and learning 130
6 Heroes and villains 169
7 Words and deeds 203
8 Beowulf: beyond criticism? 238
9 Afterword looking forward 265
App. I The foliation of Beowulf 268
App. II Repeated formulas in Beowulf 274
App. III A concordance of repeated formulas in Beowulf 315
Bibliography 327
Index of lines and passages cited and discussed 371
Index of scholars cited 382
General index 390
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