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The Cambridge introduction to Anglo-Saxon literature

By: Magennis, Hugh (Queen's University Belfast)

Part of the Cambridge Introductions to Literature series
0521734657 / 9780521734653
Paperback
829'.09
16/06/2011
Stock expected by 20/12/2019
England
23 cm 260 p. : ill., maps
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An approachable and stimulating introduction to Anglo-Saxon literature, this book provides indispensable guidance for students on this important and rewarding area of literary studies.

The chapters are clearly organized by topic and significant attention is paid to key individual works, including Beowulf, The Seafarer and writings by Bede.

All textual quotations are translated into Modern English, with the original language texts carefully explained.

The Introduction synthesizes and develops dominant approaches to Anglo-Saxon literature today, integrating Old English and Latin traditions, and placing the literature in larger historical and theoretical contexts.

The structure, style and layout are attractive and user-friendly, including illustrative figures and textboxes, and Magennis provides guidance on resources for studying Anglo-Saxon literature, informing the reader of opportunities for investigating the subject further.

Overall, the book enables a thorough understanding and appreciation of artful and eloquent works from a distant past, which still speak powerfully to people today.

BIC:

2ABA Anglo-Saxon, DSBB Literary studies: classical, early & medieval

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