A History of Old English Literature / Edition 1

A History of Old English Literature / Edition 1

by Robert D. Fulk, Christopher M. Cain
     
 

ISBN-10: 1405121815

ISBN-13: 9781405121811

Pub. Date: 11/29/2004

Publisher: Wiley

This timely introduction to Old English literature focuses on the production and reception of Old English texts, and on their relation to Anglo-Saxon history and culture.

  • Introduces Old English texts and considers their relation to Anglo-Saxon culture.
  • Responds to renewed emphasis on historical and cultural contexts in the field of medieval
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Overview

This timely introduction to Old English literature focuses on the production and reception of Old English texts, and on their relation to Anglo-Saxon history and culture.

  • Introduces Old English texts and considers their relation to Anglo-Saxon culture.
  • Responds to renewed emphasis on historical and cultural contexts in the field of medieval studies.
  • Treats virtually the entire range of textual types preserved in Old English.
  • Considers the production, reception and uses of Old English texts.
  • Integrates the Anglo-Latin backgrounds crucial to understanding Old English literature.
  • Offers very extensive bibliographical guidance.
  • Demonstrates that Anglo-Saxon studies is uniquely placed to contribute to current literary debates.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405121811
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/29/2004
Series:
Blackwell History of Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
1,263,596
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Chronological Table
1Perspectives1
What has Survived1
Songs and Scribes4
The End of Heathenism6
The Languages of Britain9
2England 449-1066: A Sketch17
Old English19
Conquest21
Conversion22
Sutton Hoo and Warrior Society26
Conversion and Accommodation31
Bede's Northumbria35
Theodore and a Learned Church41
Wessex46
The Benedictine Revival47
3Heroic Poetry Including Beowulf51
The Heroic Ethos51
Germanic Heroic Poetry56
Versification62
Poetic Diction63
Formulaic Composition65
The Uses of Poetry70
Beowulf76
4The World's Wonder: Riddles91
Riddles96
Verse Wisdom108
5Bede and Caedmon115
The Ecclesiastical History120
Caedmon126
6The Poetic Elegies139
Wanderer and Seafarer140
Other Elegies155
7Alfred and Old English Prose165
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle172
Books Most Needful180
8Verse of the Christian Establishment193
Saints' Lives: Andreas198
Elene203
Christ208
The Dream of the Road216
9The Benedictine Revival229
Aelfric's Colloquy237
Aelfric's Homilies245
Wulfstan252
Verse of the Tenth Century255
The Battle of Maldon263
10Afterwards273
Old and Middle274
Late Prose279
AppA Note on Deor285
Notes on the Plates287
Bibliography and Further Reading293

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