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A History of Old English Literature: Second Edition

Edited by: R. D. Fulk and Christopher M. Cain
eISBN: 9781118453230
Print publication date: 2013

Subject Literature

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781118453230.2013.x

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A History of Old English Literature: Second Edition

A History of Old English Literature has been significantly revised to provide an unequivocal response to the renewed historicism in medieval studies. Focusing on the production and reception of Old English texts and on their relation to Anglo-Saxon history and culture, this new edition covers an exceptionally broad array of genres. These range from riddles and cryptograms to allegory, liturgical texts, and romance, as well as lyric poetry and heroic legend. The authors also integrate discussions of Anglo-Latin texts, crucial to understanding the development of Old English literature.

This second edition incorporates extensive reference to scholarship that has evolved over the past decade, with new chapters on both Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and on incidental and marginal texts. There is expanded treatment throughout, including increased coverage of legal texts and scientific and scholastic texts. The book concludes with a retrospective outline of the reception of Anglo-Saxon literature and culture in subsequent periods.

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Fulk, R. D. and Christopher M. Cain (eds). A History of Old English Literature: Second Edition. Blackwell Publishing, 2013. Blackwell Reference Online. 18 July 2018 <http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/book.html?id=g9781118453230_9781118453230>

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