A Critical Companion to Beowulf

A Critical Companion to Beowulf
Author: Andy Orchard
Pages: 396
ISBN: 1843840294
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Release: 2003
Editor: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A generous, energetic, engaging work... will be important to Beowulf study for years to come. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW

A Companion to Beowulf

A Companion to Beowulf
Author: Ruth A. Johnston,Ruth Johnston Staver
Pages: 227
ISBN: 031333224X
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Release: 2005
Editor: Greenwood Publishing Group
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Overviews the background, plot, themes, and language of Beowulf and discusses the poem's afterlife in contemporary popular culture.

Interpretations of Beowulf

Interpretations of Beowulf
Author: Robert Dennis Fulk
Pages: 282
ISBN: 0253206391
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Release: 1991
Editor: Indiana University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Interpretations of Beowulf brings together over six decades of literary scholarship. Illustrating a variety of interpretative schools, the essays not only deal with most of the major issues of Beowulf criticism, including structure, style, genre, and theme, but also offer the sort of explanations of particular passages that are invaluable to a careful reading of a poem. This up-to-date collection of significant critical approaches fills a long-standing need for a companion volume for the study of the poem. Larger patterns in the history of Beowulf criticism are also traceable in the chronological order of the collection. The contributors are Theodore M. Andersson, Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur, Jane Chance, Laurence N. de Looze, Margaret E. Goldsmith, Stanley B. Greenfield, Joseph Harris, Edward B. Irving, Jr., John Leyerle, Francis P. Magoun, Jr., M. B. McNamee, S. J., Bertha S. Phillpotts, John C. Pope, Richard N. Ringler, Geoffrey R. Russom, T. A. Shippey, and J. R. R. Tolkien.

The Cambridge Companion to Old English Literature

The Cambridge Companion to Old English Literature
Author: Malcolm Godden,Michael Lapidge
Pages: 376
ISBN: 9781107469211
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Release: 2013-05-02
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This Companion has been thoroughly revised to take account of recent scholarship and to provide a clear and accessible introduction for those encountering Old English literature for the first time. Including seventeen essays by distinguished scholars, this new edition provides a discussion of the literature of the period 600 to 1066 in the context of how Anglo-Saxon society functioned. New chapters cover topics including preaching and teaching, Beowulf and literacy, and a further five chapters have been revised and updated, including those on the Old English language, perceptions of eternity and Anglo-Saxon learning. An additional concluding chapter on Old English after 1066 offers an overview of the study and cultural influences of Old English literature to the present day. Finally, the further reading list has been overhauled to incorporate the most up-to-date scholarship in the field and the latest electronic resources for students.

Marie de France

Marie de France
Author: Sharon Kinoshita,Peggy McCracken
Pages: 228
ISBN: 9781843843016
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Release: 2012
Editor: DS Brewer
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This new companion to the works of Marie de France offers fresh insights into the standard critical debates.

The Cambridge Companion to War Writing

The Cambridge Companion to War Writing
Author: Catherine Mary McLoughlin
Pages: 263
ISBN: 9780521895682
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Release: 2009-07-16
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This Companion covers British and American war writing from Beowulf to Don DeLillo.

The Cambridge Companion to Old English Literature

The Cambridge Companion to Old English Literature
Author: Malcolm Godden,Michael Lapidge
Pages: 355
ISBN: 9780521193320
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Release: 2013-05-02
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This updated edition has been thoroughly revised to take account of recent scholarship and includes five new chapters.

Navigating the Transnational in Modern American Literature and Culture

Navigating the Transnational in Modern American Literature and Culture
Author: Tara Stubbs,Doug Haynes
Pages: 314
ISBN: 9781317446422
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Release: 2017-03-16
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This study develops the important work carried out on American literature through the frameworks of transnational, transatlantic, and trans-local studies to ask what happens when these same aspects become intrinsic to the critical narrative. Much cultural criticism since the 1990s has sought to displace perceptions of American exceptionalism with broader notions of Atlanticism, transnationalism, world-system, and trans-localism as each has redefined the US and the world more generally. This collection shows how the remapping of America in terms of global networks, and as a set of particular localities, or even glocalities, now plays out in Americanist scholarship, reflecting on the critical consequences of the spatial turn in American literary and cultural studies. Spanning twentieth and twenty-first century American poetry, fiction, memoir, visual art, publishing, and television, and locating the US in Caribbean, African, Asian, European, and other contexts, this volume argues for a re-modelling of American-ness with the transnational as part of its innate rhetoric. It includes discussions of travel, migration, disease, media, globalization, and countless other examples of inflowing. Essays focus on subjects tracing the contemporary contours of the transnational, such as the role of the US in the rise of the global novel, the impact of Caribbean history on American thought (and vice versa), transatlantic cultural and philosophical genealogies and correspondences, and the exchanges between the poetics of American space and those of other world spaces. Asking questions about the way the American eye has traversed and consumed the objects and cultures of the world, but how that world is resistant, this volume will make an important contribution to American and Transatlantic literary studies.

A Critical Companion to Robert Zemeckis

A Critical Companion to Robert Zemeckis
Author: Adam Barkman,Antonio Sanna
Pages: 310
ISBN: 9781793623461
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Release: 2020-10-15
Editor: Lexington Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A Critical Companion to Robert Zemeckis offers a comprehensive, academic and detailed study of the works of Robert Zemeckis, whose films include successful productions such as the Back to the Future trilogy (1985-90), Forrest Gump (1994), Contact (1997), Cast Away (2000) and The Polar Express (2004), but also lesser known films such as I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978), Used Cars (1980), and Allied (2015). Most of Zemeckis’ major productions were not only successful when they were first released but continue to enjoy popularity—with critics and fans alike—even today. This volume investigates several distinct areas of Zemeckisʼ works and addresses the different approaches: the philosophical, the artistic, the socio-cultural, and the personal. The methodologies adopted by the contributors differ significantly from each other, thus offering the reader a variegated and compelling picture of Zemeckisʼ oeuvre, which includes nineteen films. Contrary to the few volumes published in the past on the subject, the chapters in this volume offer specific case studies that have been previously ignored (or only partially mentioned) by other scholars. A Critical Companion to Robert Zemeckis offers a great variety of interdisciplinary approaches to Zemeckis’ films, illuminating, re-reading and/or interpreting for the first time the entire career of the director, from his first films to the most recent ones.

Verse and Virtuosity

Verse and Virtuosity
Author: Janie Steen
Pages: 237
ISBN: 9780802091574
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Release: 2008
Editor: University of Toronto Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

While there is little evidence of formal rhetorical instruction in Anglo-Saxon England, traditional Old English poetry clearly shows the influence of Latin rhetoric. Verse and Virtuosity demonstrates how Old English poets imitated and adapted the methods of Latin literature, and, in particular, the works of the Christian Latin authors they had studied at school. It is the first full-length study to look specifically at what Old English poets working in a Latinate milieu attempted to do with the schemes and figures they found in their sources. Janie Steen argues that, far from sterile imitation, the inventiveness of Old English poets coupled with the constraints of vernacular verse produced a vital and markedly different kind of poetry. Highlighting a selection of Old English poetic translations of Latin texts, she considers how the translators responded to the challenge of adaptation, and shows how the most accomplished, such as Cynewulf, absorb Latin rhetoric into their own style and blend the two traditions into verse of great virtuosity. With its wide-ranging discussion of texts and rhetorical figures, this book can serve as an introduction to Old English poetic composition and style. Verse and Virtuosity, will be of considerable interest to Anglo-Saxonists, linguists, and those studying rhetorical traditions.

Representing Beasts in Early Medieval England and Scandinavia

Representing Beasts in Early Medieval England and Scandinavia
Author: Michael D. J. Bintley,Thomas J. T. Williams
Pages: 295
ISBN: 9781783270088
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Release: 2015
Editor: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Essays on the depiction of animals, birds and insects in early medieval material culture, from texts to carvings to the landscape itself.

Beowulf

Beowulf
Author: Jodi-Anne George
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781137098016
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Release: 2009-12-09
Editor: Macmillan International Higher Education
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Of unknown authorship, Beowulf is an Old English epic poem which incites contentious debate and has been endlessly interpreted over the centuries. This Reader's Guide provides a much-needed overview of the large body of Beowulf criticism, moving from eighteenth-century reactions to twenty-first-century responses. Jodi-Ann George: • charts the changes in critical trends and theoretical approaches applied to the poem • includes discussion of J. R. R. Tolkein's pioneering 1936 lecture on Beowulf , and Seamus Heaney's recent translation • analyses Beowulf in popular culture, addressing the poem's life in film versions, graphic novels, music and comics. Clear and engaging, this is an indispensable introductory guide to a widely-studied and enigmatic work which continues to fascinate readers everywhere.

The Anthology of Beowulf Criticism

The Anthology of Beowulf Criticism
Author: Lewis E. Nicholson
Pages: 400
ISBN: 0268170533
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Release: 2017-03-15
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Was the Beowulf-poet a Christian or was he a noble pagan whose outlook had been only slightly colored by exposure to Christian thinking? This is but one of the fascinating topics discussed in this anthology of criticism on the early medieval masterpiece. The eighteen contribution to the anthology are arranged chronologically according to the date of the criticism's first publication. The outstanding scholars whose critical writing is presented here range from the turn-of-the-century critic F. A. Blackburn through the Englishman J. R. R. Tolkien to such contemporaries as Kemp Malone, Morton Bloomfield, and R. E. Kaske. Nearly every aspect of the Beowulf is discussed and controverted in terms of literary analysis. Old English, Old Norse, Latin, and Old French passages are translated in the accompanying text as an aid to undergraduate students meeting Beowulf for the first time.

A Companion to Medieval Poetry

A Companion to Medieval Poetry
Author: Corinne Saunders
Pages: 704
ISBN: 1444319108
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Release: 2010-02-12
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A Companion to Medieval Poetry presents a series oforiginal essays from leading literary scholars that explore Englishpoetry from the Anglo-Saxon period up to the15th century. Organised into three parts to echo the chronological andstylistic divisions between the Anglo-Saxon, Middle English andPost-Chaucerian periods, each section is introduced with contextualessays, providing a valuable introduction to the society andculture of the time Combines a general discussion of genres of medieval poetry,with specific consideration of texts and authors, includingBeowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Chaucer,Gower and Langland Features original essays by eminent scholars, including AndyOrchard, Carl Schmidt, Douglas Gray, and BarryWindeatt, who present a range of theoretical,historical, and cultural approaches to reading medieval poetry, aswell as offering close analysis of individual texts andtraditions

Longman Anthology of Old English Old Icelandic and Anglo Norman Literatures

Longman Anthology of Old English  Old Icelandic  and Anglo Norman Literatures
Author: Richard North,Joe Allard,Patricia Gillies
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781000154085
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Release: 2020-11-26
Editor: Routledge
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Longman Anthology of Old English, Old Icelandic and Anglo-Norman Literatures provides a scholarly and accessible introduction to the literature which was the inspiration for many of the heroes of modern popular culture, from The Lord of the Rings to The Chronicles of Narnia, and which set the foundations of the English language and its literature as we know it today. Edited, translated and annotated by the editors of Beowulf and Other Stories, the anthology introduces readers to the rich and varied literature of Britain, Scandinavia and France of the period in and around the Viking Age. Ranging from the Old English epic Beowulf through to the Anglo-Norman texts which heralded the transition Middle English, thematically organised chapters present elegies, eulogies, laments and followed by material on the Viking Wars in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Vikings gods and Icelandic sagas, and a final chapter on early chivalry introduces the new themes and forms which led to Middle English literature, including Arthurian Romances and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Laying out in parallel text format selections from the most important Old English, Old Icelandic and Anglo-Norman works, this anthology presents translated and annotated texts with useful bibliographic references, prefaced by a headnote providing useful background and explanation.

The Oxford History of Life Writing Volume 1 The Middle Ages

The Oxford History of Life Writing  Volume 1  The Middle Ages
Author: Karen A. Winstead
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780191016936
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Release: 2018-04-05
Editor: Oxford University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Oxford History of Life-Writing: Volume 1: The Middle Ages explores the richness and variety of life-writing from late Antiquity to the threshold of the Renaissance. During the Middle Ages, writers from Bede to Chaucer were thinking about life and experimenting with ways to translate lives, their own and others', into literature. Their subjects included career religious, saints, celebrities, visionaries, pilgrims, princes, philosophers, poets, and even a few 'ordinary people.' They relay life stories not only in chronological narratives, but also in debates, dialogues, visions, and letters. Many medieval biographers relied on the reader's trust in their authority, but some espoused standards of evidence that seem distinctly modern, drawing on reliable written sources, interviewing eyewitnesses, and cross-checking their facts wherever possible. Others still professed allegiance to evidence but nonetheless freely embellished and invented not only events and dialogue but the sources to support them. The first book devoted to life-writing in medieval England, The Oxford History of Life-Writing: Volume 1: The Middle Ages covers major life stories in Old and Middle English, Latin, and French, along with such Continental classics as the letters of Abelard and Heloise and the autobiographical Vision of Christine de Pizan. In addition to the life stories of historical figures, it treats accounts of fictional heroes, from Beowulf to King Arthur to Queen Katherine of Alexandria, which show medieval authors experimenting with, adapting, and expanding the conventions of life writing. Though Medieval life writings can be challenging to read, we encounter in them the antecedents of many of our own diverse biographical forms-tabloid lives, literary lives, brief lives, revisionist lives; lives of political figures, memoirs, fictional lives, and psychologically-oriented accounts that register the inner lives of their subjects.

A Concise Companion to Chaucer

A Concise Companion to Chaucer
Author: Corinne Saunders
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781405154628
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Release: 2008-04-15
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This concise companion provides a succinct introduction to Chaucer’s major works, the contexts in which he wrote, and to medieval thought more generally. Opens with a general introductory section discussing London life and politics, books and authority, manuscripts and readers. Subsequent sections focus on Chaucer’s major works – the dream visions, Troilus and Criseyde and The Canterbury Tales. Essays highlight the key religious, political and intellectual contexts for each major work. Also covers important general topics, including: medieval literary genres; dream theory; the Church; gender and sexuality; and reading Chaucer aloud. Designed so that each contextual essay can be read alongside one of Chaucer’s major works.

The Elder Edda

The Elder Edda
Author: Anonim
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780141393735
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Release: 2013-11-07
Editor: Penguin UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Part of a new series Legends from the Ancient North, The Elder Edda is one of the classic books that influenced JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings 'So the company of men led a careless life, All was well with them: until One began To encompass evil, an enemy from hell. Grendel they called this cruel spirit...' J.R.R. Tolkien spent much of his life studying, translating and teaching the great epic stories of northern Europe, filled with heroes, dragons, trolls, dwarves and magic. He was hugely influential for his advocacy of Beowulf as a great work of literature and, even if he had never written The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, would be recognised today as a significant figure in the rediscovery of these extraordinary tales. Legends from the Ancient North brings together from Penguin Classics five of the key works behind Tolkien's fiction.They are startling, brutal, strange pieces of writing, with an elemental power brilliantly preserved in these translations.They plunge the reader into a world of treachery, quests, chivalry, trials of strength.They are the most ancient narratives that exist from northern Europe and bring us as near as we will ever get to the origins of the magical landscape of Middle-earth (Midgard) which Tolkien remade in the 20th century.

Old English Literature

Old English Literature
Author: John D. Niles
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780631220565
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Release: 2016-05-02
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This review of the critical reception of Old English literature from 1900 to the present moves beyond a focus on individual literary texts so as to survey the different schools, methods, and assumptions that have shaped the discipline. Examines the notable works and authors from the period, including Beowulf, the Venerable Bede, heroic poems, and devotional literature Reinforces key perspectives with excerpts from ten critical studies Addresses questions of medieval literacy, textuality, and orality, as well as style, gender, genre, and theme Embraces the interdisciplinary nature of the field with reference to historical studies, religious studies, anthropology, art history, and more

Beowulf and the Critics

Beowulf and the Critics
Author: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien,Michael D. C. Drout
Pages: 479
ISBN: 086698450X
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Release: 2011
Editor: Renaissance Society of America
Language: en

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