Beowulf & Other Stories: A New Introduction to Old English, Old Icelandic, and Anglo-Norman Literatures

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Richard North, Joe Allard
Pearson, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 525 pages
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'Beowulf' & Other Stories is a new introduction to the study of Old English consisting of fifteen essays, each written by an expert in the field, that cover the many diverse facets of Old English.

'Beowulf' & Other Stories has been conceived in the firm belief that Old English - and its close cousins, Old Icelandic and Anglo-Norman - should be seen as a genuine delight, a period as replete with wonder, creativity and magic as any other in literature.

The book discusses a vast range of subjects, from the fire and bloodlust of the great epic, Beowulf, and the sophistication and eroticism of the Exeter Riddles, to fresh interpretations of the spiritual ecstasy of The Seafarer and the imaginative dexterity of The Dream of the Rood.

'Beowulf' & Other Stories provides students and the general reader with all they might need to explore and enjoy this complex but rewarding field. Written throughout with verve, panache and a deep understanding of its subject, 'Beowulf' & Other Stories is set to be the standard introduction to the field for many years to come.

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About the author (2007)

Richard North was made to read old English at oxford and now teaches it for a living in UCL. He would like to be known for writing fiction. Publications include Heathen Gods in old English Literature (1997), The Origins of ?Beowulf? (2006), and some poems and short stories in Undertow, the UCL English students? literary magazine. Hobbies include piano, reading the sagas and collecting students.

Joe Allard discovered Iceland almost by chance in the mid-eighties and has never looked back. He translates and publishes (mares? Nest Publishers, festival Books) contemporary Icelandic poetry and fiction. He also writes about and teaches medieval Icelandic prose and poetry. He eats shark, puffin and whale and enjoys 57% Icelandic spirits. Hobbies include piano and watching volcanoes.

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