Hunting the Letter: Middle English Alliterative Verse and the Formulaic Theory

Hunting the Letter: Middle English Alliterative Verse and the Formulaic Theory

by Paul Hartle

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Hunting the Letter: Middle English Alliterative Verse and the Formulaic Theory by Paul Hartle

The author reviews the theory and history of 'Oral-Formulaic' criticism and its application to Middle English Alliterative Verse. He conducts a full and detailed analysis of the formulaic character of the diction of four widely divergent alliterative poems: Joseph of Arimathie, Death and Liffe, Saint Erkenwald and Scotish Feilde, placing each within the larger alliterative tradition. Major scholarly appendices provide the evidence for the arguments advanced as to the particular nature of each poem.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783631337769
Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date: 01/01/1999
Pages: 466

About the Author

The Author: Educated at Victoria College, Jersey, and St Catharine's College, Cambridge, Paul Hartle is now Director of Studies in English at the latter, where he researches and teaches in Medieval and Renaissance Literature.

Table of Contents

Contents: Oral-Formulaic Theory and its application to Middle English Alliterative Verse - Analysis of Joseph of Arimathie, Death and Liffe, Saint Erkenwald and Scotish Feilde.

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