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The Cambridge Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Literature

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  • Date Published: September 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521734653

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  • An approachable and stimulating introduction to Anglo-Saxon literature, this book provides indispensable guidance for students on this important and rewarding area of literary studies. The chapters are clearly organized by topic and significant attention is paid to key individual works, including Beowulf, The Seafarer and writings by Bede. All textual quotations are translated into Modern English, with the original language texts carefully explained. The Introduction synthesizes and develops dominant approaches to Anglo-Saxon literature today, integrating Old English and Latin traditions, and placing the literature in larger historical and theoretical contexts. The structure, style and layout are attractive and user-friendly, including illustrative figures and textboxes, and Magennis provides guidance on resources for studying Anglo-Saxon literature, informing the reader of opportunities for investigating the subject further. Overall, the book enables a thorough understanding and appreciation of artful and eloquent works from a distant past, which still speak powerfully to people today.

    • Chapters are organised by topic in order to provide important historical context and each pays significant attention to key individual works which are widely studied, such as Beowulf and The Seafarer
    • All quotations from Anglo-Saxon texts are translated into modern English and the original language quotations are carefully explained
    • Includes a section detailing resources for studying Anglo-Saxon literature and provides a sound foundation and guidance for the student to explore the subject further
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    'Hugh Magennis has produced a book that will be extremely useful to any new student or general reader of Anglo-Saxon literature.' Jennifer S. Key, Notes and Queries

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    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521734653
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Approaching Anglo-Saxon literature
    2. Literary traditions
    3. Varieties of narrative
    4. Belief, knowledge, experience: some non-narrative strands
    5. Anglo-Saxon afterlives, medieval to modern: later uses and appropriations of Anglo-Saxon writings
    Appendix: resources for studying Anglo-Saxon literature, Bibliography.

  • Author

    Hugh Magennis, Queen's University Belfast
    Hugh Magennis is Professor of Old English Literature and Director of the Institute of Theology at Queen's University, Belfast.

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