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Description - A History of Old English Literature by R. D. Fulk

Recent years have witnessed renewed emphasis on historicism in medieval studies. This timely introduction responds to that trend, focusing on the production and reception of Old English texts, and on their relation to Anglo-Saxon history and culture. The book presents a wider range of material than is usual in English literary histories. It not only covers an intriguing range of genres, from riddles and cryptograms to allegory and romance, but into this coverage it also integrates discussion of Anglo-Latin texts which are crucial to understanding the development of Old English literature. Its extensive bibliographical coverage of scholarship devotes special attention to studies of the past 15 years, while a retrospective section outlines the reception of the Anglo-Saxons and their literature in later periods. Throughout their narrative, the authors champion Anglo-Saxon studies, contending that it is uniquely placed to contribute to current debates about literature's relation to history and culture.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405121811
ISBN-10: 1405121815
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 153mm x 20mm)
Pages: 346
Imprint: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - R. D. Fulk

R. D. Fulk is Class of 1964 Chancellor's Professor of English at Indiana University. He is the editor of Interpretations of Beowulf: A Critical Anthology (1991), author of A History of Old English Meter (1992), co--editor of Eight Old English Poems (third edition, 2001), and co--editor of the fourth edition of F. Klaeber's Beowulf and the Fight at Finnsburg (forthcoming). Christopher M. Cain is Assistant Professor of English at Towson University, Maryland. Rachel S. Anderson is an Assistant Professor at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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