Interpretations of Beowulf: A Critical Anthology

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Robert Dennis Fulk
Indiana University Press, 1991 - Literary Criticism - 282 pages
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Interpretations of Beowulf brings together over six decades of literary scholarship. Illustrating a variety of interpretative schools, the essays not only deal with most of the major issues of Beowulf criticism, including structure, style, genre, and theme, but also offer the sort of explanations of particular passages that are invaluable to a careful reading of a poem. This up-to-date collection of significant critical approaches fills a long-standing need for a companion volume for the study of the poem. Larger patterns in the history of Beowulf criticism are also traceable in the chronological order of the collection.

The contributors are Theodore M. Andersson, Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur, Jane Chance, Laurence N. de Looze, Margaret E. Goldsmith, Stanley B. Greenfield, Joseph Harris, Edward B. Irving, Jr., John Leyerle, Francis P. Magoun, Jr., M. B. McNamee, S. J., Bertha S. Phillpotts, John C. Pope, Richard N. Ringler, Geoffrey R. Russom, T. A. Shippey, and J. R. R. Tolkien.

 

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During the past twenty years much has been seen of the popularity of the Classic
Beowulf Poem.
Now, more than ever, this anthology edited by Robert Fulk is highly relevant
to help us appreciate history and criticism of Old English Epic poetry.
The elegiac tone value of the poem is brought to 'life' by contributors of merit.
This is the compendium for further study!
Dag Stomberg
St. Andrews, Scotland
 

Contents

The Monsters and the Critics 1936
14
FRANCIS P MAGOUN JR The OralFormulaic Character
45
ARTHUR GILCHRIST BRODEUR Variation 1959
66
B McNAMEE S J BeowulfAn Allegory of Salvation? 1960
88
MARGARET E GOLDSMITH The Christian Perspective in Beo
103
Poetic Art
120
JOHN LEYERLE The Interlace Structure of Beowulf 1967
146
EDWARD B IRVING JR The Text of Fate 1968
168
T A SHIPPEY The Ironic Background 1972
194
ANDERSSON Tradition and Design in Beo
219
JOSEPH HARRIS Beowulf in Literary History 1982
235
JANE CHANCE Grendels Mother as Epic AntiType of
251
POPE Beowulf 505 gehedde and the Pretensions
264
INDEX OF LINES AND PASSAGES IN BEOWULF QUOTED
277
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