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A History of Old English Literature

A History of Old English Literature

Robert D. Fulk, Christopher M. Cain

ISBN: 978-1-405-12181-1

Nov 2004, Wiley-Blackwell

360 pages

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$57.95

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This timely introduction to Old English literature focuses on the production and reception of Old English texts, and on their relation to Anglo-Saxon history and culture.
  • Introduces Old English texts and considers their relation to Anglo-Saxon culture.
  • Responds to renewed emphasis on historical and cultural contexts in the field of medieval studies.
  • Treats virtually the entire range of textual types preserved in Old English.
  • Considers the production, reception and uses of Old English texts.
  • Integrates the Anglo-Latin backgrounds crucial to understanding Old English literature.
  • Offers very extensive bibliographical guidance.
  • Demonstrates that Anglo-Saxon studies is uniquely placed to contribute to current literary debates.

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List of Illustrations vi

Preface vii

Introduction

Anglo-Saxon England and Its Literature: A Social History 1

1 The Chronology and Varieties of Old English Literature 36

2 Literature of the Alfredian Period 48

3 Homilies 70

4 Saints’ Legends, by Rachel S. Anderson 87

5 Biblical Literature 106

6 Liturgical and Devotional Texts 120

7 Legal, Scientific, and Scholastic Works 148

8 Wisdom Literature and Lyric Poetry 164

9 Germanic Legend and Heroic Lay 193

Conclusion

Making Old English New: Anglo-Saxonism and the Cultural Work of Old English Literature 225

Notes 235

Works Cited 269

Index 339

“Now the oldest English texts have a literary history for the twenty-first century. One of the chief virtues of A History of Old English Literature is the rich elaboration of contexts, extending from the manuscripts to the literary and intellectual world of Anglo-Saxon England, to the early modern criticism, and to the most recent critical reception.”

Professor Daniel Donoghue, HarvardUniversity


  • Introduces Old English texts and considers their relation to Anglo-Saxon culture.

  • Responds to renewed emphasis on historical and cultural contexts in the field of medieval studies.

  • Treats virtually the entire range of textual types preserved in Old English.

  • Considers the production, reception and uses of Old English texts.

  • Integrates the Anglo-Latin backgrounds crucial to understanding Old English literature.

  • Offers very extensive bibliographical guidance.

  • Demonstrates that Anglo-Saxon studies is uniquely placed to contribute to current literary debates.