The Cambridge Companion to Old English Literature

The Cambridge Companion to Old English Literature

by Malcolm Godden
     
 

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This Companion has been thoroughly revised to take account of recent scholarship and to provide a clear and accessible introduction for those encountering Old English literature for the first time. Including seventeen essays by distinguished scholars, this new edition provides a discussion of the literature of the period 600 to 1066 in the context of how

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This Companion has been thoroughly revised to take account of recent scholarship and to provide a clear and accessible introduction for those encountering Old English literature for the first time. Including seventeen essays by distinguished scholars, this new edition provides a discussion of the literature of the period 600 to 1066 in the context of how Anglo-Saxon society functioned. New chapters cover topics including preaching and teaching, Beowulf and literacy, and a further five chapters have been revised and updated, including those on the Old English language, perceptions of eternity and Anglo-Saxon learning. An additional concluding chapter on Old English after 1066 offers an overview of the study and cultural influences of Old English literature to the present day. Finally, the further reading list has been overhauled to incorporate the most up-to-date scholarship in the field and the latest electronic resources for students.

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From the Publisher
"Like its predecessor, this Companion is a truly comprehensive work. Considering both the price and the size, it is remarkable how comprehensive a work this is. In addition, this is a truly accessible work; all the contributors, as well as the editors, deserve high praise for their efforts. Particularly useful and comprehensive is the Further reading [section], which closes the volume. This second edition is an improvement on what was already an outstanding work. In this reviewer’s opinion, no library should be without [it], given especially the wide public to which it will appeal."
Simone Bacchini, Reference Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521193320
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2013
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Malcolm Godden is Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford.

Michael Lapidge is Elrington and Bosworth Professor Emeritus of Anglo-Saxon, University of Cambridge and Notre Dame Professor of English Emeritus, University of Notre Dame.

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