History of Old English Literature
Throughout their narrative, the authors champion Anglo-Saxon studies, contending that it is uniquely placed to contribute to current debates about literature's relation to history and culture. 'Now the oldest English texts have a literary history for the twenty-first century. One of the chief virtues of A History of Old English Literature is the rich elaboration of contexts, extending from the manuscripts to the literary and intellectual world of Anglo-Saxon England, to the early modern criticism, and to the most recent critical reception.
' Professor Daniel Donoghue, Harvard University
Table of Contents
List of IllustrationsPrefaceIntroduction:
Anglo-Saxon England and Its Literature:
A Social History.
1. The Chronology and Varieties of Old English Literature.
2. Literature of the Alfredian Period.
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 the Cultural Work of Old English Literature.