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The transmission of Beowulf : language, culture, and scribal behavior

Author: Leonard Neidorf
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2017.
Series: Myth and poetics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Beowulf, like The Iliad and The Odyssey, is a foundational work of Western literature that originated in mysterious circumstances. In The Transmission of "Beowulf," Leonard Neidorf addresses philological questions that are fundamental to the study of the poem. Is Beowulf the product of unitary or composite authorship? How substantially did scribes alter the text during its transmission, and how much time elapsed  Read more...
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Neidorf, Leonard.
Transmission of Beowulf.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2017
(DLC) 2016035593
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Leonard Neidorf
ISBN: 9781501708275 1501708279 9781501708282 1501708287
OCLC Number: 956530373
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: THE TRANSMISSION OF BEOWULF; CONTENTS; List of Illustrations; Series Foreword by Gregory Nagy; Preface; Acknowledgments; List of Abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 1. The Duration of Transmission; 2. The Detection of Scribal Error; 3. Meter and Alliteration; 4. Probabilistic Reasoning; 5. General Prefatory Remarks; 2. Language History; 1. Diachronic Variation; 2. Dialectal Variation; 3. Syntactic Misconstruction; 4. Trivialization; 5. Interpolation; 3. Cultural Change; 1. Obliteration of Personal Names; 2. Obliteration of Ethnic Names; 3. Erroneous Spacing; 4. Scribal Self-Correction. 5. Chronological Significance4. Scribal Behavior; 1. The Lexemic Theory; 2. Competing Theories; 3. Variation in Parallel Texts; 4. The Four Poetic Codices; 5. Theory and Evidence; 5. Conclusion; 1. The Unity of Beowulf; 2. Linguistic Regularities; 3. Methodological Considerations; 4. Textual Criticism; 5. Manuscript Context; Appendix: J.R.R. Tolkien's Beowulf Textual Criticism; Glossary of Terms; Bibliography; Index of Verses; Index of Subjects.
Series Title: Myth and poetics.
Responsibility: Leonard Neidorf.
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Beowulf, like The Iliad and The Odyssey, is a foundational work of Western literature that originated in mysterious circumstances. In The Transmission of "Beowulf," Leonard Neidorf addresses  Read more...

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