By Robert D. Fulk, Christopher M. Cain
This well timed advent to outdated English literature makes a speciality of the construction and reception of outdated English texts, and on their relation to Anglo-Saxon background and tradition.
• Introduces previous English texts and considers their relation to Anglo-Saxon tradition.
• Responds to renewed emphasis on old and cultural contexts within the box of medieval reviews.
• Treats almost the complete variety of textual forms preserved in previous English.
• Considers the creation, reception and makes use of of previous English texts.
• Integrates the Anglo-Latin backgrounds the most important to realizing outdated English literature.
• bargains very large bibliographical suggestions.
• Demonstrates that Anglo-Saxon reports is uniquely positioned to give a contribution to present literary debates.
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Extra info for A History of Old English Literature (Blackwell History of Literature)
32 His much larger body of works in Old English is similarly popular in design – for example his Introduction 25 homilies, which are generally translations of Latin texts with clarifying commentary for the unlearned, undertaken, he tells us in the preface to the first series (ed. Wilcox 1994: 107, 108), because of the paucity of Latin works available in translation and the many errors in English books that were mistaken for truth by the unlearned. Ælfric’s style, too, reveals his popularizing aims, especially the alliterative style that he adopts for many of his homilies and saints’ lives, for it imitates the alliterative patterns, though not the meter, of heroic verse (see chapter 4).
992), bishop of Worcester and, later, archbishop of York. The literary consequences of the reform were far-reaching. Beginning in the latter half of the tenth century we see an explosive growth in book production that is responsible for the existence of all but a minuscule fraction of surviving Anglo-Saxon manuscripts. 30 Most important, though, the reimposition of monastic discipline spurred a renewal of literary production. 989–ca. 1010), abbot of Eynsham; Wulfstan (d. 1023), archbishop of York and bishop of Worcester; and Byrhtferth (fl.
1016) and Cnut (d. 1035), he compiled much of the surviving legislation from the first part of the eleventh century in both Old English and Latin. More than a dozen surviving manuscripts show signs of having been used by or prepared for him (see N. Ker 1957: 562 and Bethurum 1957: 2, 98–101). Several of his homilies are reworkings of Ælfrician material, and, like Ælfric, he composed with the aim of promoting clarity and effectiveness. Also like Ælfric, he exhibits a distinctive style, though it is less like verse and more self-consciously oratorical (see chapter 4).
A History of Old English Literature (Blackwell History of Literature) by Robert D. Fulk, Christopher M. Cain