Description - The Anglo Saxon Literature Handbook by Mark C. Amodio
Main blurb (for internal use only - CHECK BEFORE USING IN PRINTED PUBLICITY):The Anglo-Saxon era is not only the most remote period of English literary history but for many contemporary readers the vernacular literature produced during the period (traditionally dated from AD 410 to 1066) is among the most impenetrable as well: the language in which the texts wereoriginally composed presents a very real barrier and even though there are many good translations currently available, the aesthetics that informs Anglo-Saxon verse and prose, an aesthetics only weakly connected to that of contemporary literature, continues to present problems to the common or non-specialist reader. My aim with this volume is to make the culture and literature of the period that is widely (if mistakenly) held to be one of the darkest in English literary history more accessible to contemporary readers by demonstrating how vital and dynamic Anglo-Saxon verse and prose are through readings of the works themselves (chapters 2 and 3) and by situating selected works within the critical discussions that are currently circulating around them (chapter 4).
While the following proposal generally adheres to the outline of the series, I've had to make some changes to the plan. These changes reflect the realities of the Anglo-Saxon world, a world in which the written historical and literary records are among the most spotty of any period in English history. Only some 30,000 lines of poetry are extant from the period, named authors are few and far between, and critical texts, especially in the vernacular, are virtually unknown.
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Author Biography - Mark C. Amodio
Mark C. Amodio is Professor in the English Department at Vassar College, where he teaches courses in Old and Middle English language and literature. His publications inlcude Writing the Oral Tradition: Oral Poetics and Literate Culture in Medieval England (2004)