Old English Literature: Critical Essays (Google eBook)

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R. M. Liuzza
Yale University Press, Oct 1, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 528 pages
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Recognizing the dramatic changes in Old English studies over the past generation, this up-to-date anthology gathers twenty-one outstanding contemporary critical writings on the prose and poetry of Anglo-Saxon England, from approximately the seventh through eleventh centuries. The contributors focus on texts most commonly read in introductory Old English courses while also engaging with larger issues of Anglo-Saxon history, culture, and scholarship. Their approaches vary widely, encompassing disciplines from linguistics to psychoanalysis.

In an appealing introduction to the book, R. M. Liuzza presents an overview of Old English studies, the history of the scholarship, and major critical themes in the field. For both newcomers and more advanced scholars of Old English, these essays will provoke discussion, answer questions, provide background, and inspire an appreciation for the complexity and energy of Anglo-Saxon studies.


  

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User Review  - Mark Adderley - Goodreads

Some of the essays in this volume are extremely worthwhile: Sarah Foot's "The Making of Angelcynn," for example, which explores King Alfred's appropriation of the term "Angelcynn" in order to foster ... Read full review

Contents

The Cultural Construction of Reading in AngloSaxon England
1
AngloSaxon Lay Society and the Written Word
23
English Identity Before the Norman Conquest
51
Orality and the Developing Text of Caedmons Hymn
79
Reading Cædmons Hymn with Someone Elses Glosses
103
Bede Hild and the Relations of Cultural Production
125
The Story of Sigeberht Cynewulf and Cyneheard
157
The Thematic Structure of the Sermo Lupi
182
AngloSaxons on the Mind
284
The Voluntary Exile of The Wanderer
315
Language as Cure in The Wanderer
328
The Form and Structure of The Seafarer
353
The Wifes Lament and the Culture of Early Medieval Female Monasticism
381
The Devotional Context of the Cross Before AD 1000
392
Stylistic Disjunctions in The Dream of the Rood
404
God Death and Loyalty in The Battle of Maldon
425

Social Idealism in Ælfrics Colloquy
204
Ælfric and Heroic Poetry
215
The Teachers and the Taught
236
Questions of Style
271
Maldon and Mythopoesis
445
Contributors
475
Index
477
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