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Old English Literature: A Short Introduction

ISBN: 978-0-631-23485-2
164 pages
May 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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This innovative and intriguing introduction to Old English literature is structured around what the author calls ‘figures’ from Anglo-Saxon culture: the Vow, the Hall, the Miracle, the Pulpit, and the Scholar.

  • An innovative and intriguing introduction to Old English literature.
  • Structured around ‘figures’ from Anglo-Saxon culture: the Vow, the Hall, the Miracle, the Pulpit, and the Scholar.
  • Situates Old English literary texts within a cultural framework.
  • Creates new connections between different genres, periods and authors.
  • Combines close textual analysis with historical context.
  • Based on the author’s many years experience of teaching Old English literature.
  • The author is co-editor with Seamus Heaney of Beowulf: A Verse Translation (2001) and recently published with Blackwell Lady Godiva: A Literary History of the Legend (2003).
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List of Illustrations.

Introduction.

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List of Abbreviations.

1. The Vow.

2. The Hall.

3. The Miracle.

4. The Pulpit.

5. The Scholar.

Notes.

Furthur Reading.

Index.

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Daniel Donoghue is the John P. Marquand Professor of English at Harvard University. He is the author of Lady Godiva: A Literary History of the Legend (2003), Style in Old English Poetry (1987) and is co-editor with Seamus Heaney of Beowulf: A Verse Translation (2001).
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  • An innovative and intriguing introduction to Old English literature.

  • Structured around ‘figures’ from Anglo-Saxon culture: the Vow, the Hall, the Miracle, the Pulpit, and the Scholar.

  • Situates Old English literary texts within a cultural framework.

  • Creates new connections between different genres, periods and authors.

  • Combines close textual analysis with historical context.

  • Based on the author’s many years experience of teaching Old English literature.

  • The author is co-editor with Seamus Heaney of Beowulf: A Verse Translation (2001) and recently published with Blackwell Lady Godiva: A Literary History of the Legend (2003).
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"As a means of aiding students to focus on particular aspects of Old English literature, this can hardly be bettered, and Donoghue's close textual analyses and continued attention to Old English words and phrases are themselves an excellent example to beginners learning how to deal with these texts." TOEBI Newsletter
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