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Borrowed objects and the art of poetry : Spolia in old English verse

Author: Denis Ferhatovic
Publisher: Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2019. ©2019
Series: Manchester medieval literature and culture, 25.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This study examines Exeter riddles, Anglo-Saxon biblical poems (Exodus, Andreas, Judith) and Beowulf in order to uncover the poetics of spolia, an imaginative use of recycled fictional artefacts to create sites of metatextual reflection. Old English poetry famously lacks an explicit ars poetica. This book argues that attention to particularly charged moments within texts - especially those concerned with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Denis Ferhatovic
ISBN: 152613165X 9781526131652
OCLC Number: 1067246443
Description: viii, 185 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgements --
Introduction: Powerful fragments: Ruin, relics, spoila --
Encyclopedic miniatures: Combinatory powers of loot in the Exeter riddles --
Architecture of the past and future: Transformative potential of plunder in Exodus --
Animated, animating: Bringing stone, flesh, and text to life in Andreas --
Zooming out, cutting through: Resistance to incorporation in Judith --
A hoard full of plunder: Paradoxical materiality of loss in Beowulf --
Afterword: Resistant material remnants in Old English and beyond --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Manchester medieval literature and culture, 25.
Responsibility: Denis Ferhatović.

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This study uses examinations of Exeter riddles, Old English religious verse and Beowulf to formulate the poetics of spolia - creative transformations of martial and architectural plunder serving to  Read more...

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