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Beowulf and the dragon : parallels and analogues

Author: Christine Rauer
Publisher: Cambridge ; Rochester, NY : D.S. Brewer, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In a series of five studies this volume discusses the analogues and possible sources of Beowulf's famous last battle, drawing on hagiographical, historical, liturgical, heroic and other narrative material.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christine Rauer
ISBN: 0859915921 9780859915922
OCLC Number: 43791256
Description: x, 230 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction - source study and "Beowulf". Part 1 "Beowulf" and early medieval dragon-fights: the analogues of "Beowulf"; the dragon episode in "Beowulf"; dragon-fights in hagiography and other literature. Part 2 The literary history of dragon-fights - case studies: dragon-fights in Anglo-Saxon England - Samson and Michael; post-conquest traditions - Siward and others; implications; appendices A - texts and translations; B - saints and destructive dragons - chronology and bibliography; C - Scandinavian dragon-fights - chronology and bibliography.
Responsibility: Christine Rauer.

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This first comprehensive study of the dragon-fight in Old English and related literatures casts fresh light on Beowulf's last battle.  Read more...

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An extremely valuable contribution to Beowulf source studies. ANGLIA Has expanded our knowledge not only of Beowulf and a group of related hagiographic texts, but of the period as a whole. MEDIUM Read more...

 
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