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Cambridge Companion to Old English Literature

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ISBN-10: 0521154022

ISBN-13: 9780521154024

Edition: 2nd 2013 (Revised)

Authors: Malcolm Godden, Michael Lapidge

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Description:

This Companion has been thoroughly revised to take account of recent scholarship and to provide a clear and accessible introduction for those encountering Old English literature for the first time. Including seventeen essays by distinguished scholars, this new edition provides a discussion of the literature of the period 600 to 1066 in the context of how Anglo-Saxon society functioned. New chapters cover topics including preaching and teaching, Beowulf and literacy, and a further five chapters have been revised and updated, including those on the Old English language, perceptions of eternity and Anglo-Saxon learning. An additional concluding chapter on Old English after 1066 offers an…    
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/2/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 380
Size: 5.91" wide x 8.90" long x 0.71" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Malcolm Godden is Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford.

The social and political background
The Old English language
The nature of Old English verse
The Anglo-Saxon world view
Germanic legend in Old English literature
Heroic values and Christian ethics Katherine
Pagan survivals and popular belief
Beowulf
Preaching and teaching
Perceptions of transience
Perceptions of eternity
Biblical literature: the Old Testament
Biblical literature: the New Testament
The saintly life in Anglo-Saxon England
Literacy and the uses of the vernacular
The world of Anglo-Saxon learning
Old English after 1066