By Robert D. Fulk, Christopher M. Cain
This well timed creation to previous English literature makes a speciality of the construction and reception of outdated English texts, and on their relation to Anglo-Saxon historical past and tradition.
• Introduces previous English texts and considers their relation to Anglo-Saxon tradition.
• Responds to renewed emphasis on old and cultural contexts within the box of medieval experiences.
• Treats nearly the whole diversity of textual forms preserved in outdated English.
• Considers the construction, reception and makes use of of previous English texts.
• Integrates the Anglo-Latin backgrounds the most important to realizing previous English literature.
• bargains very large bibliographical tips.
• Demonstrates that Anglo-Saxon stories is uniquely put to give a contribution to present literary debates.
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Extra info for A History of Old English Literature (Blackwell History of Literature)
Fulk and Christopher M. Cain. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Published 2013 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. The Chronology of Old English Literature 43 The problems are more severe in regard to the poetry. Although there may be reason to doubt whether Old English was much used for substantial prose compositions before Alfred’s day (see n. 1), the case is plainly otherwise in regard to verse.
In addition, 311 letters are preserved, and some of his poems – including 124 verse compositions in the editions of Dümmler (1881) and Strecker (1923) – are of exceptional interest for the affinities they bear to Old English lyric verse (see chapter 10, section 2). Introduction 21 5 Literacy and Learning in the Viking Age In the early period the rulers of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms vied for political and military predominance, and the contested overlordship passed from kingdom to kingdom with the changing political circumstances.
E. composed) and of being “read,” these terms must usually be avoided in regard to Old English poetry, as they impose a modern model of production and reception that distorts our understanding of early medieval conditions. King Alfred, for example, almost certainly did not “write” the metrical preface to the Pastoral Care (see chapter 3), since it is unlikely that he could write (O’Brien O’Keeffe 1990: 84–5), writing being a menial and laborious activity reserved for scribes. Even the term “poems,” though not yet stigmatized in Old English literary criticism, is prejudicial, as it seems that all such compositions were sung, or capable of being sung, to the accompaniment of a stringed instrument, a lyre or harp (see Boenig 1996); and “poem” and “song,” though perhaps undifferentiated for AngloSaxons, have very different connotations for us.
A History of Old English Literature (Blackwell History of Literature) by Robert D. Fulk, Christopher M. Cain