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This revised edition of A History of Old English Literature draws extensively on the latest scholarship to have evolved over the last decade. The text incorporates additional material throughout, including two new chapters on Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and incidental and marginal texts.

  • This revised edition responds to the renewed historicism in medieval studies
  • Provides wide-ranging coverage, including Anglo-Latin literature as well as non-canonical writings
  • Includes new chapters on manuscripts and on marginal and incidental texts
  • Incorporates expanded coverage of legal texts and scientific and scholastic texts, now treated in separate chapters
  • Demonstrates that the field of Anglo-Saxon studies is uniquely placed to contribute to current literary debates
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"A new generation of students and their professors will undoubtedly apprecite the currency of what has proven to be a widely respected, comprehensive historical treatment of Old English literature." (Choice, 1 December 2013)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631223979
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/11/2002
  • Series: Blackwell History of Literature Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 358
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

R. D. Fulk is Class of 1964 Chancellor’s Professor of English at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of, among others, The Beowulf Manuscript (2010) and An Introduction to Middle English (2012) and co-author or editor of Eight Old English Poems (2001), A Grammar of Old English, Vol. 2: Morphology (2011), Klaeber’s Beowulf and the Fight at Finnsburg ( 4th edition, 2008), and The Old English Canons of Theodore (2012).

Christopher M. Cain is an associate professor of English at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. He has published on Old English and Anglo-Latin in Studies in Philology, JEGP, Review of English Studies, and Philological Quarterly, among others. He is the co-editor (with Geoffrey Russom) of Studies in the History of the English Language III—Managing Chaos: Strategies for Identifying Change in English (2007) and is a contributor to The Year’s Work in Old English Studies.

Rachel Anderson, is Associate Professor of English at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Table of Contents

Chronological Table
1 Perspectives 1
What has Survived 1
Songs and Scribes 4
The End of Heathenism 6
The Languages of Britain 9
2 England 449-1066: A Sketch 17
Old English 19
Conquest 21
Conversion 22
Sutton Hoo and Warrior Society 26
Conversion and Accommodation 31
Bede's Northumbria 35
Theodore and a Learned Church 41
Wessex 46
The Benedictine Revival 47
3 Heroic Poetry Including Beowulf 51
The Heroic Ethos 51
Germanic Heroic Poetry 56
Versification 62
Poetic Diction 63
Formulaic Composition 65
The Uses of Poetry 70
Beowulf 76
4 The World's Wonder: Riddles 91
Riddles 96
Verse Wisdom 108
5 Bede and Caedmon 115
The Ecclesiastical History 120
Caedmon 126
6 The Poetic Elegies 139
Wanderer and Seafarer 140
Other Elegies 155
7 Alfred and Old English Prose 165
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 172
Books Most Needful 180
8 Verse of the Christian Establishment 193
Saints' Lives: Andreas 198
Elene 203
Christ 208
The Dream of the Road 216
9 The Benedictine Revival 229
Aelfric's Colloquy 237
Aelfric's Homilies 245
Wulfstan 252
Verse of the Tenth Century 255
The Battle of Maldon 263
10 Afterwards 273
Old and Middle 274
Late Prose 279
App A Note on Deor 285
Notes on the Plates 287
Bibliography and Further Reading 293
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