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The Cambridge Companion to Old English Literature

2nd Edition

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Nicholas Brooks, Helmut Gneuss, Donald Scragg, Daniel Anlezark, Roberta Frank, Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe, John D. Niles, Andy Orchard, Mary Clayton, Christine Fell, Milton McC. Gatch, Malcolm Godden, Richard Marsden, Michael Lapidge, Mechthild Gretsch, Patrizia Lendinara, Christopher Jones
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  • Date Published: June 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521154024

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  • This Companion has been thoroughly revised to take account of recent scholarship and to provide a clear and accessible introduction for those encountering Old English literature for the first time. Including seventeen essays by distinguished scholars, this new edition provides a discussion of the literature of the period 600 to 1066 in the context of how Anglo-Saxon society functioned. New chapters cover topics including preaching and teaching, Beowulf and literacy, and a further five chapters have been revised and updated, including those on the Old English language, perceptions of eternity and Anglo-Saxon learning. An additional concluding chapter on Old English after 1066 offers an overview of the study and cultural influences of Old English literature to the present day. Finally, the further reading list has been overhauled to incorporate the most up-to-date scholarship in the field and the latest electronic resources for students.

    • This new edition introduces students to the literature of Anglo-Saxon England, the period from 600 to 1066, in seventeen essays by leading international scholars
    • Fully updated to take account of the latest developments in the field of Anglo-Saxon studies, including five revised chapters on the Old English language, perceptions of eternity and Anglo-Saxon learning
    • Includes five new chapters on Anglo-Saxon Society and its Literature, Beowulf and Old English after 1066, to provide a broad overview of Anglo-Saxon society and the legacy of Old English to the present day
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    "Like its predecessor, this Companion is a truly comprehensive work. Considering both the price and the size, it is remarkable how comprehensive a work this is. In addition, this is a truly accessible work; all the contributors, as well as the editors, deserve high praise for their efforts. Particularly useful and comprehensive is the Further reading [section], which closes the volume. This second edition is an improvement on what was already an outstanding work. In this reviewer’s opinion, no library should be without [it], given especially the wide public to which it will appeal."
    Simone Bacchini, Reference Reviews

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: June 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521154024
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The social and political background Nicholas Brooks
    2. The Old English language Helmut Gneuss
    3. The nature of Old English verse Donald Scragg
    4. The Anglo-Saxon world view Daniel Anlezark
    5. Germanic legend in Old English literature Roberta Frank
    6. Heroic values and Christian ethics Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe
    7. Pagan survivals and popular belief John D. Niles
    8. Beowulf Andy Orchard
    9. Preaching and teaching Mary Clayton
    10. Perceptions of transience Christine Fell
    11. Perceptions of eternity Milton McC. Gatch
    12. Biblical literature: the Old Testament Malcolm Godden
    13. Biblical literature: the New Testament Richard Marsden
    14. The saintly life in Anglo-Saxon England Michael Lapidge
    15. Literacy and the uses of the vernacular Mechthild Gretsch
    16. The world of Anglo-Saxon learning Patrizia Lendinara
    17. Old English after 1066 Christopher Jones
    Further reading
    Index.

  • Editors

    Malcolm Godden, University of Oxford
    Malcolm Godden is Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford.

    Michael Lapidge, University of Cambridge
    Michael Lapidge is Elrington and Bosworth Professor Emeritus of Anglo-Saxon, University of Cambridge and Notre Dame Professor of English Emeritus, University of Notre Dame.

    Contributors

    Nicholas Brooks, Helmut Gneuss, Donald Scragg, Daniel Anlezark, Roberta Frank, Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe, John D. Niles, Andy Orchard, Mary Clayton, Christine Fell, Milton McC. Gatch, Malcolm Godden, Richard Marsden, Michael Lapidge, Mechthild Gretsch, Patrizia Lendinara, Christopher Jones

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