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The Anglo Saxon Literature Handbook

Amodio, Mark C.

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ISBN 10: 0631226982 / ISBN 13: 9780631226987
Published by Wiley-Blackwell, 2013
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Title: The Anglo Saxon Literature Handbook

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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The Anglo-Saxon Literature Handbook  presents an accessible introduction to the surviving works of prose and poetry produced in Anglo-Saxon England, from AD 410-1066.

  • Makes Anglo-Saxon literature accessible to modern readers
  • Helps readers to overcome the linguistic, aesthetic and cultural barriers to understanding and appreciating Anglo-Saxon verse and prose
  • Introduces readers to the language, politics, and religion of the Anglo-Saxon literary world
  • Presents original readings of such works as Beowulf, The Battle of Maldon, The Wanderer, The Seafarer, and The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

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With its careful balance of scholarly precision and accessibility, The Anglo-Saxon Literature Handbook presents an accessible introcution to the literary works produced in England during the 600-year period from the end of the Roman rule until the Norman Conquest in 1066.  Author Mark Amodio breaks down the linguistic, aesthetic, and cultural barriers to understanding Anglo-Saxon literature, and brings this literary period alive for modern readers, allowing them to gain a rich appreciation of the vitality and relevance of the surviving verse and prose.

The book opens with accessible overviews of the language, politics, religion, and key literary figures of the Anglo-Saxon world, and then moves on to a series of original readings of such seminal works as Beowulf, The Battle of Maldon, The Wanderer, The Seafarer and The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, situating them within current critical debates on the role of women, notions of authorship and textual integrity, the role of the scribes, the oral tradition, and more. This is perfect introductory reading for students new to the field, whilst the close readings of key works allow those already familiar with the literature of the period to delve a little deeper.

“This is a mighty and magisterial book that is at once deeply
learned and highly accessible; to read it is to learn from one of
the finest teachers in the field. This is exactly the kind of book
I wish I had read when I was a student, and exactly the kind of
book I wish I had written myself!”

Andy Orchard, University of Toronto

“Presenting an overview of work from the last fifteen years,
this Handbook offers a useful and detailed survey of the major
periods and genres of Old English literature. Liberal use of
quotations in Old English will help those new to the field trace
larger political and social ideas to their original textual forms.
Students will find it an effective starting point for exploration
of Anglo-Saxon culture.”

Allen J. Frantzen, Loyola University

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