Old English Literature: Critical Essays
R. M. Liuzza
Yale University Press, Oct 1, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 528 pages
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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English Identity Before the Norman Conquest
Orality and the Developing Text of Caedmons Hymn
Reading Cædmons Hymn with Someone Elses Glosses
Bede Hild and the Relations of Cultural Production
The Story of Sigeberht Cynewulf and Cyneheard
The Thematic Structure of the Sermo Lupi
AngloSaxons on the Mind
The Voluntary Exile of The Wanderer
Language as Cure in The Wanderer
The Form and Structure of The Seafarer
The Wifes Lament and the Culture of Early Medieval Female Monasticism
The Devotional Context of the Cross Before AD 1000
Stylistic Disjunctions in The Dream of the Rood
God Death and Loyalty in The Battle of Maldon
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