Introduction to Old English

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Wiley, Jun 9, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 332 pages
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This innovative introduction to the Old English language focuses on what students need to know in order to engage with Old English literary and historical texts.
  • A pioneering introduction to Old English designed for a new generation of students.
  • Assumes no expertise in other languages or in traditional grammar.
  • Opening chapters and 'Quick Start' sections cover the basics.
  • 'Minitexts' give students practice in reading Old English.
  • Includes two chapters on syntax and three on reading poetry.
  • Anthologises fourteen readings, including 'The Wanderer', 'The Dream of the Rood' and 'Judith'.
  • The accompanying 'Old English Aerobics' website features additional readings and exercises.

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A decent introduction to Old English as a language and as a translation tool. In the course in which I used the text, we did need to supplement the text with outside material - it wasn't great at ... Read full review

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Baker (medieval literature, Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville; Beowulf: Basic Readings) here provides an excellent introduction to the study of Old English that assumes no knowledge of the ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Peter S. Baker is Professor of Medieval Literature at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. His previous publications include Byrhtferth’s Enchiridion (co-edited with Michael Lapidge, 1995), Beowulf: Basic Readings (1995), The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: A Collaborative Edition (F) and the website

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