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The Experience of Education in Anglo-Saxon Literature

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature

  • Date Published: January 2018
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  • isbn: 9781108271608

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  • Anglo-Saxons valued education yet understood how precarious it could be, alternately bolstered and undermined by fear, desire, and memory. They praised their teachers in official writing, but composed and translated scenes of instruction that revealed the emotional and cognitive complexity of learning. Irina Dumitrescu explores how early medieval writers used fictional representations of education to explore the relationship between teacher and student. These texts hint at the challenges of teaching and learning: curiosity, pride, forgetfulness, inattention, and despair. Still, these difficulties are understood to be part of the dynamic process of pedagogy, not simply a sign of its failure. The book demonstrates the enduring concern of Anglo-Saxon authors with learning throughout Old English and Latin poems, hagiographies, histories, and schoolbooks.

    • An original and engaging study of early English education - a research area from which such nuanced critical investigations have been largely absent
    • Investigates the emotional and cognitive complexities of early English education through the close reading of five texts including Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People as well as some lesser known works
    • Combines careful literary analysis with educational history
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    • Date Published: January 2018
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108271608
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Letters: Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People
    2. Prayer: Solomon and Saturn I
    3. Violence: Ælfric Bata's colloquies
    4. Recollection: Andreas
    5. Desire: the life of St Mary of Egypt
    Conclusion: the ends of teaching.

  • Author

    Irina Dumitrescu, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
    Irina Dumitrescu is Junior Professor of English Medieval Studies at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. She is the editor of Rumba Under Fire: The Arts of Survival from West Point to Delhi (2016). Her scholarship has been published in journals such as PMLA, Exemplaria, The Chaucer Review, Anglia, Postmedieval, Forum for Modern Language Studies, and in various international collections. Her literary essays have appeared in the Yale Review, Southwest Review, The Atlantic, and Longreads, and been reprinted in Best American Essays 2016.

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