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A history of Old English literature

Author: Michael Alexander
Publisher: Peterborough, Ont. : Broadview Press, ©2002.
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"Alexander's book is now the best and most complete one-volume guide to the whole of Old English, oldest and best-recorded of the vernaculars of Dark Age Europe." -- Tom Shippey, St. Louis University

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Alexander, Michael, 1941-
History of Old English literature.
Peterborough, Ont. : Broadview Press, ©2002
(OCoLC)606897952
Online version:
Alexander, Michael, 1941-
History of Old English literature.
Peterborough, Ont. : Broadview Press, ©2002
(OCoLC)629926771
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Alexander
ISBN: 1551113228 9781551113227
OCLC Number: 50478739
Description: xviii, 299 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1: Perspectives --
What has survived --
Songs and scribes --
The end of heathenism --
The languages of Britain --
2: England 449-1066: a sketch --
Old English --
Conquest --
Conversion --
Sutton Hoo and warrior society --
Conversion and accommodation --
Bede's Northumbria --
Theodore and a learned church --
Wessex --
The Benedictine revival --
3: Heroic poetry including Beowulf --
The heroic ethos --
Germanic heroic poetry --
Versification --
Poetic diction --
Formulaic composition --
The uses of poetry --
Beowulf --
4: The world's wonder: riddles --
Riddles --
Verse wisdom --
5. Bede and Cædmon --
The ecclesiastical history --
Cædmon --
6: The poetic elegies --
Wanderer and Seafarer --
Other elegies --
7: Alfred and old English prose --
The Anglo-Saxon chronicle --
Books most needful --
8: Verse of the Christian establishment --
Saints' lives: Andreas --
Elene --
Christ --
The dream of the Rood --
9: The Benedictine revival --
Aelfric's Colloquy --
Aelfric's homilies --
Wulfstan --
Verse of the tenth century --
The battle of Maldon --
10: Afterwards: Old and middle --
Late prose.
Responsibility: Michael Alexander.
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"Old English literature has long been the preserve of scholars and specialists. Michael Alexander's A History of Old English Literature now fills a major gap by introducing both prose and poetry, Read more...

 
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