By Robert D. Fulk, Christopher M. Cain
This well timed creation to previous English literature specializes in the construction and reception of outdated English texts, and on their relation to Anglo-Saxon background and tradition.
• Introduces outdated English texts and considers their relation to Anglo-Saxon tradition.
• Responds to renewed emphasis on historic and cultural contexts within the box of medieval stories.
• Treats almost the complete variety of textual forms preserved in outdated English.
• Considers the construction, reception and makes use of of previous English texts.
• Integrates the Anglo-Latin backgrounds the most important to figuring out previous English literature.
• bargains very wide bibliographical information.
• Demonstrates that Anglo-Saxon reports is uniquely positioned to give a contribution to present literary debates.
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1999. For a handy select classified bibliography, see Keynes 2004a. For a well-balanced assessment of the obstacles to using the Germania as a historical source – particularly Tacitus’ mixing of Germanic and nonGermanic groups, the influence of possibly dated sources, and the preconceptions of an established Greco-Roman ethnographic tradition – see Rives 1999: 56–66. See James Campbell 1982a: 166; also 174. For an overview of early Germanic feud and its conventions, see W. Miller 1983. Overing (1995: 227–9) argues that such women are in fact annihilated, turned into something other than women, by their aggression, and Lees (1997: 159–67) similarly argues that Elene, despite her heroic role, lacks real agency.
1016), a Benedictine monk of Ramsey. 31 Not surprisingly, given his background and his patronage, his writings are devoted to the instruction of both lay persons and monks. Thus, although among his Latin writings he did compose, in addition to a pedagogically oriented Colloquy (chapter 9, section 2), two saints’ lives, of Ss. 32 His much larger body of works in Old English is similarly popular in design – for example his Introduction 25 homilies, which are generally translations of Latin texts with clarifying commentary for the unlearned, undertaken, he tells us in the preface to the first series (ed.
43 Even in nearly the only instance in which we find in manuscript a direct attribution outside of a vernacular poem to its maker, the expression is not one of authorship but of performative primacy: Primo cantauit Caedmon istud carmen ‘Cædmon first sang this song’. For much the same reason it would not have occurred to the Anglo-Saxons to supply titles for their poetic works. Titles imply a textual stability that comes only with literacy, and thus the ones attached to Old English poetic texts are all modern.
A History of Old English Literature (Blackwell History of Literature) by Robert D. Fulk, Christopher M. Cain