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Old English Literature: A Short Introduction (Wiley Blackwell Introductions to Literature) [Paperback]

Daniel Donoghue
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25 Mar 2004 Wiley Blackwell Introductions to Literature
This innovative and intriguing introduction to Old English literature is structured around what the author calls ‘figures’ from Anglo–Saxon culture: the Vow, the Hall, the Miracle, the Pulpit, and the Scholar. An innovative and intriguing introduction to Old English literature. Structured around ‘figures’ from Anglo–Saxon culture: the Vow, the Hall, the Miracle, the Pulpit, and the Scholar. Situates Old English literary texts within a cultural framework. Creates new connections between different genres, periods and authors. Combines close textual analysis with historical context. Based on the author’s many years experience of teaching Old English literature. The author is co–editor with Seamus Heaney of Beowulf: A Verse Translation (2001) and recently published with Blackwell Lady Godiva: A Literary History of the Legend (2003).

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  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (25 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631234861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631234869
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 15.6 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"As a means of aiding students to focus on particular aspects of Old English literature, this can hardly be bettered, and Donoghue′s close textual analyses and continued attention to Old English words and phrases are themselves an excellent example to beginners learning how to deal with these texts." TOEBI Newsletter

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This innovative and intriguing introduction to Old English literature is structured around what the author calls ‘figures’ from Anglo–Saxon culture: the Vow, the Hall, the Miracle, the Pulpit, and the Scholar. These unconventional categories not only situate Old English texts within a cultural framework but also create new connections between different genres, periods and authors: for example, between prose and poetry, the vernacular and Latin, and the obscure and the well known. The book is based on the author’s many years′ experience of teaching Old English literature and combines close textual analysis with historical context, making it suitable for both new students and general readers.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth getting as an introductory book. 23 Jan 2013
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This is a useful and understandable introduction to Old English Literature. The chapter on 'The Vow' is also particulary useful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Starting Place 19 Nov 2010
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Dan Donoghue offers here a great starting place for anyone who wants to know more about Anglo-Saxon England and its literature and culture. This book is very readable and engaging, and would work well both as a book for private reading and as a book to be used in an introductory Old English class. It is great for the student new to Old English, but even to someone well versed in OE, this book reads as an illuminating, elegant synthesis, and it might suggest to teachers of Old English some new ways of organizing their syllabus.
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