Old English Literature: A Guide to Criticism with Selected Readings

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This review of the critical reception of Old English literature from 1900 to the present moves beyond a focus on individual literary texts so as to survey the different schools, methods, and assumptions that have shaped the discipline.
  • Examines the notable works and authors from the period, including Beowulf, the Venerable Bede, heroic poems, and devotional literature
  • Reinforces key perspectives with excerpts from ten critical studies
  • Addresses questions of medieval literacy, textuality, and orality, as well as style, gender, genre, and theme
  • Embraces the interdisciplinary nature of the field with reference to historical studies, religious studies, anthropology, art history, and more
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John D. Niles is the Frederic G. Cassidy Professor of Humanities, Emeritus, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Berkeley. A former President of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, he is the author or editor of a dozen books on Old English literature and related topics, including The Idea of Anglo-Saxon England 1066­1901: Remembering, Forgetting, Deciphering, and Renewing the Past (Wiley Blackwell, 2015) and Beowulf: The Poem and Its Tradition (1983).

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John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Feb 18, 2016
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9781118598832
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Language
English
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Genres
Language Arts & Disciplines / Linguistics / General
Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
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