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The Cambridge History of Early Medieval English Literature

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Clare A. Lees, Julia M. H. Smith, Julia Crick, Catherine E. Karkov, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Rosalind Love, S. M. Rowley, Rolf H. Bremmer, Jr, Susan Irvine, Renée R. Trilling, Joshua Davies, Haruko Momma, Gillian R. Overing, Kathleen Davis, Diane Watt, L. M. C. Weston, Andrew Scheil, Christopher A. Jones, Patricia Dailey, R. M. Liuzza, Lisi Oliver, David Townsend, Elaine Treharne, Russell Poole, Thomas O'Donnell, Matthew Townend, Elizabeth M. Tyler, Thomas Clancy, Sioned Davies
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  • Date Published: January 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521190589

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  • Informed by multi-cultural, multidisciplinary perspectives, The Cambridge History of Early Medieval English Literature offers a new exploration of the earliest writing in Britain and Ireland, from the end of the Roman Empire to the mid-twelfth century. Beginning with an account of writing itself, as well as of scripts and manuscript art, subsequent chapters examine the earliest texts from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and the tremendous breadth of Anglo-Latin literature. Chapters on English learning and literature in the ninth century and the later formation of English poetry and prose also convey the profound cultural confidence of the period. Providing a discussion of essential texts, including Beowulf and the writings of Bede, this History captures the sheer inventiveness and vitality of early medieval literary culture through topics as diverse as the literature of English law, liturgical and devotional writing, the workings of science and the history of women's writing.

    • A new literary, historical account of the early Middle Ages in Britain and Ireland
    • Will appeal to all students and scholars of early medieval literature, English, Latin, Irish, Scottish, Gaelic, Welsh and Anglo-Scandinavian
    • Offers the most recent scholarship about early medieval literature, informed by historical, cultural and linguistic factors
    • Designed to appeal to a wide audience of informed and interested readers as a consultative reference work
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    • Date Published: January 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521190589
    • length: 806 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 163 x 43 mm
    • weight: 1.27kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: literature in Britain and Ireland to 1150 Clare A. Lees
    Part I. Word, Script and Image:
    1. Writing in Britain and Ireland, 400–800 Julia M. H. Smith
    2. The art of writing: scripts and scribal production Julia Crick
    3. Art and writing: voice, image, object Catherine E. Karkov
    4. Of Bede's 'Five Languages and Four Nations': the earliest writing from Ireland, Scotland and Wales Máire Ní Mhaonaigh
    5. Insular Latin literature to 900 Rosalind Love
    6. Bede and the northern kingdoms S. M. Rowley
    Part II. Early English Literature:
    7. Across borders: Anglo-Saxon England and the Germanic world Rolf H. Bremmer, Jr
    8. English literature in the ninth century Susan Irvine
    9. The writing of history in the early Middle Ages: the Anglo-Saxon chronicle in context Renée R. Trilling
    10. The literary languages of Old English: words, styles, voices Joshua Davies
    11. Old English poetic form: genre, style, prosody Haruko Momma
    12. Beowulf: a poem in our time Gillian R. Overing
    13. Old English lyrics: a poetics of experience Kathleen Davis
    14. Literature in pieces: female sanctity and the relics of early women's writing Diane Watt
    15. Saintly lives: friendship, kinship, gender and sexuality L. M. C. Weston
    16. Sacred history and Old English religious poetry Andrew Scheil
    17. Performing Christianity: liturgical and devotional writing Christopher A. Jones
    18. Riddles, wonder and responsiveness in Anglo-Saxon literature Patricia Dailey
    Part III. Latin Learning and the Literary Vernaculars:
    19. In measure, and number, and weight: writing science R. M. Liuzza
    20. Legal documentation and the practice of English law Lisi Oliver
    21. Latinities, 893–1143 David Townsend
    22. The authority of English, 900–1150 Elaine Treharne
    23. Crossing the language divide: Anglo-Scandinavian language and literature Russell Poole
    24. European literature and eleventh-century England Thomas O' Donnell, Matthew Townend and Elizabeth M. Tyler
    25. Gaelic literature in Ireland and Scotland, 900–1150 Thomas Clancy
    26. Writing in Welsh to 1150: re-creating the past, shaping the future Sioned Davies.

  • Editor

    Clare A. Lees, King's College London
    Clare A. Lees is Professor of Medieval Literature and History of the Language at King's College London, where she currently directs the Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies. She is known for her work on the earliest English literature, gender and the history of women's writing, religious writing and cultural studies, including issues of place and landscape, relations between textual and material culture, and re-workings of Anglo-Saxon literature by writers of modern, contemporary literature. She is the editor of Medieval Masculinities: Regarding Men in the Middle Ages (1994) and co-editor of Gender in Debate from the Early Middle Ages to the Renaissance (with Thelma Fenster, 2002) and A Place to Believe in: Locating Medieval Landscapes (with Gillian R. Overing, 2006). She is the author of Tradition and Belief: Religious Writing in Late Anglo-Saxon England (1999) and co-author of Double Agents: Women and Clerical Culture in Anglo-Saxon England (with Gillian R. Overing, 2001, 2009).

    Contributors

    Clare A. Lees, Julia M. H. Smith, Julia Crick, Catherine E. Karkov, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Rosalind Love, S. M. Rowley, Rolf H. Bremmer, Jr, Susan Irvine, Renée R. Trilling, Joshua Davies, Haruko Momma, Gillian R. Overing, Kathleen Davis, Diane Watt, L. M. C. Weston, Andrew Scheil, Christopher A. Jones, Patricia Dailey, R. M. Liuzza, Lisi Oliver, David Townsend, Elaine Treharne, Russell Poole, Thomas O'Donnell, Matthew Townend, Elizabeth M. Tyler, Thomas Clancy, Sioned Davies

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