Beowulf and Other Stories: A New Introduction to Old English, Old Icelandic and Anglo-Norman Literatures by - epub fb2 djvu
|Title:||Beowulf and Other Stories: A New Introduction to Old English, Old Icelandic and Anglo-Norman Literatures|
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|Publisher:||Routledge; 2 edition (August 17, 2011)|
|Size EPUB version:||1280 kb|
|Size FB2 version:||1342 kb|
|Category:||Literature & Fiction|
|Subcategory:||History & Criticism|
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Beowulf& Other Stories was first conceivedin the belief that the study of Old English – and its close cousins, Old Icelandic and Anglo-Norman – can be a genuine delight, covering aperiod as replete with wonder, creativity and magic as any other in literature. Now in a fully revised second edition, the collection of essays written by leading academics in the field is set to build upon its established reputation as the standard introduction to the literatures of the time.
Beowulf& Other Stories captures the fire and bloodlust of the great epic, Beowulf,and thesophistication and eroticismof theExeter Riddles. Fresh interpretations give new life to the spiritual ecstasyof The Seafarerand to the imaginative dexterity of The Dream of the Rood, andprovide the student and general reader with all they might need to explore and enjoy this complex but rewarding field. The book sheds light, too, on the shadowy contexts of the period, with suggestive and highly readable essays on matters ranging fromthe dynamism of the Viking Age to Anglo-Saxon input into The Lord of the Rings,from the great religious prose workstothe transition from Old to Middle English. It also branches out into related traditions, with expert introductions to the Icelandic Sagas, Viking Religion and Norse Mythology. Peter S. Bakerprovides an outstanding guide to taking your first steps in the Old English language, while David Crystal provides a crisp linguistic overview of the entire period.
Witha new chapter by Mike Bintley on Anglo-Saxon archaeology and a revised chapter by Stewart Brookes on the prose writers of the English Benedictine Reform, this updated second edition will be essential reading for students of the period.