Old English Literature: A Short Introduction / Edition 1

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This beginner's guide to Old English literature is divided into sections on the representative &'grave;figures' from Anglo-Saxon culture: the vow, the hall, the miracle, the pulpit and the scholar'. The discussion of themes and style crosses genres, including epic, laments, homilies, charters, biblical worlks, laments and riddles. The focus is very much on the connection between these genres rather than linguistic matters. Few extracts are included and these are accompanied by English translations.
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"As a means of aiding students to focus on particular aspects of Old English literature, this can hardly be bettered, and Donoghue's close textual analyses and continued attention to Old English words and phrases are themselves an excellent example to beginners learning how to deal with these texts." TOEBI Newsletter
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Meet the Author

Daniel Donoghue is the John P. Marquand Professor of English at Harvard University. He is the author of Lady Godiva: A Literary History of the Legend (2003), Style in Old English Poetry (1987) and is co-editor with Seamus Heaney of Beowulf: A Verse Translation (2001).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.



List of Abbreviations.

1. The Vow.

2. The Hall.

3. The Miracle.

4. The Pulpit.

5. The Scholar.


Furthur Reading.


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