Beowulf and the Beowulf Manuscript
The story of Beowulf and his hard-fought victory over the monster Grendel has captured the imagination of readers and listeners for a millennium. The heroic Anglo-Saxon story survives to the world in one eleventh-century manuscript that was badly burned in 1731, and in two eighteenth-century transcriptions of the manuscripts.
Kevin S. Kiernan, one of the world's foremost Beowulf scholars, has studied the manuscript extensively with the most up-to-date methods, including fiber-optic backlighting and computer digitization. This volume reprints Kiernan's earlier study of the manuscript, in which he presented his novel conclusions about the date of Beowulf. It also offers a new Introduction in which the author describes the value of electronic study of Beowulf, and a new Appendix that lists all the letters and parts of letters revealed by backlighting.
This important volume will be a must-read not only for the scholar of early English history and literature, but for all those who are interested in practical applications of the new technologies.
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THE POEMS ELEVENTHCENTURY PROVENANCE
The Historical Context of the Extant Manuscript
The Linguistic Tests for an Early Date
The Late Literary and the Early Poetic Dialects
The Mixture of Forms in Beowulf
THE HISTORY AND CONSTRUCTION OF THE COMPOSITE CODEX
Cotton Vitellius A xv
The Judith Fragment
THE BEOWULF CODEX AND THE MAKING OF THE POEM
The Authority of the Beowulf Manuscript
The Proofreading of the Scribes
The Palimpsest and the New Text of Folio 179
Beowulf in the Making
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11th-century alliteration Anglian Anglo-Saxon appears argument assume beginning Beowulf bottom Catalogue century copied corrections Cotton Vitellius course covered damaged dating dialect distinct dittograph doubt early edition editors emendation England erased error evidence example explain extant fact fire fitt flesh foliation folio forms Förster four gathering gone hair hand intact Judith Judith fragment late later leaf leaves letters light linguistic literary lost Malone manuscript means Mercian minim natural noted Nowell Codex numbers Old English once original paleographical palimpsest partly perhaps poem poet poetic possible preserved probably proofreading prose quire reading reason remains restoration revision rulings says scholars scribal script second scribe seems seen sense separate sheet shows side Southwick spelling stroke suggests theory Thorkelin traces transcript transmission vellum West Saxon writing written Zupitza