History of Old English Literature - Cain, Christopher

History of Old English Literature

Christopher Cain

Yayınevi: Blackwell

Yayın tarihi: 09/2004

ISBN: 9781405121811

Yazar : Robert Fulk

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Tür: Edebiyat İncelemesi

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Recent years have witnessed renewed emphasis on historicism in medieval studies. This timely introduction responds to that trend, focusing on the production and reception of Old English texts, and on their relation to Anglo-Saxon history and culture. The book presents a wider range of material than is usual in English literary histories. It not only covers an intriguing range of genres, from riddles and cryptograms to allegory and romance, but into this coverage it also integrates discussion of Anglo-Latin texts which are crucial to understanding the development of Old English literature. Its extensive bibliographical coverage of scholarship devotes special attention to studies of the past 15 years, while a retrospective section outlines the reception of the Anglo-Saxons and their literature in later periods.

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.
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 the Cultural Work of Old English Literature.
NotesWorks Cited.
Index.

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