A History of Old English Literature / Edition 1

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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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Editorial Reviews

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“Now the oldest English texts have a literary history for thetwenty-first century. One of the chief virtues of A History ofOld English Literature is the rich elaboration of contexts,extending from the manuscripts to the literary and intellectualworld of Anglo-Saxon England, to the early modern criticism, and tothe most recent critical reception.”

Professor Daniel Donoghue,HarvardUniversity

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Product Details

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

Meet the Author

R. D. Fulk is Class of 1964 Chancellor’s Professor ofEnglish at Indiana University. He is the editor ofInterpretations of Beowulf: A Critical Anthology (1991),author of A History of Old English Meter (1992), co-editorof Eight Old English Poems (third edition, 2001), andco-editor of the fourth edition of F. Klaeber’s Beowulfand the Fight at Finnsburg (forthcoming).

Christopher M. Cain is Assistant Professor of English atTowson University, Maryland.

Rachel S. Anderson is an Assistant Professor at GrandValley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.


Introduction: Anglo-Saxon England and Its Literature: A SocialHistory.

1. The Chronology and Varieties of Old English Literature.

2. Literature of the Alfredian Period.

3. Homilies.

4. Saints' Legends, by Rachel S. Anderson.

5. Biblical Literature.

6. Liturgical and Devotion Texts.

7. Legal, Scientific, and Scholastic Works.

8. Wisdom Literature and Lyric Poetry.

9. Germanic Legend and Heroic Lay.

Conclusion: Making Old English New: Anglo-Saxonism and theCultural Work of Old English Literature.


Works Cited.


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