Beowulf Handbook

ISBN-10: 0803261500
ISBN-13: 9780803261501
Edition: 1998
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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 8/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 466
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

“This work fills a need long felt by students ofBeowulf. . . . [It] gives a real sense of the excitement and variety ofBeowulfstudies. . . . An accessible guide.”—Envoi. The most revered work composed in Old English,Beowulfis one of the landmarks of European literature. This handbook supplies a wealth of insights into all major aspects of this wondrous poem and its scholarly tradition. Each chapter provides a history of the scholarly interest in a particular topic, a synthesis of present knowledge and opinion, and an analysis of scholarly work that remains to be done. Written to accommodate the needs of a broad audience,A Beowulf Handbookwill be of value to nonspecialists who wish simply to read and enjoy Beowulf and to scholars at work on their own research. In its clear and comprehensive treatment of the poem and its scholarship, this book will prove an indispensable guide to readers and specialists for many years to come. Robert E. Bjork is a professor of English at Arizona State University. He is the author ofThe Old English Verse Saints’ Lives: A Study in Direct Discourse and the Iconography of Style. John D. Niles is a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author ofBeowulf: The Poem and Its Tradition.

A Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, Robert E. Bjork is Foundation Professor of English and Director of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University.

Preface
Introduction: Beowulf, Truth, and Meaning
Date, Provenance, Author, Audiences
Textual Criticism
Prosody
Diction, Variation, the Formula
Rhetoric and Style
Sources and Analogues
Structure and Unity
Christian and Pagan Elements
Digressions and Episodes
Myth and History
Symbolism and Allegory
Social Milieu
The Hero and the Theme
Beowulf and Archaeology
Gender Roles
Beowulf and Contemporary Critical Theory
Translations, Versions, Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Works Cited
Index

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