Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438113684

Category: Beowulf

Page: 288

View: 790


Presents eleven critical essays that analyze the structure, myth, and history of the Old English epic poem depicting the heroic deeds of Beowulf, a member of a Germanic tribe who travels to Denmark to help defeat a monster named Grendel.

Interpretations of Beowulf

A Critical Anthology

Author: Robert Dennis Fulk

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253206398

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 282

View: 4699


Interpretations of Beowulf brings together over six decades of literary scholarship. Illustrating a variety of interpretative schools, the essays not only deal with most of the major issues of Beowulf criticism, including structure, style, genre, and theme, but also offer the sort of explanations of particular passages that are invaluable to a careful reading of a poem. This up-to-date collection of significant critical approaches fills a long-standing need for a companion volume for the study of the poem. Larger patterns in the history of Beowulf criticism are also traceable in the chronological order of the collection. The contributors are Theodore M. Andersson, Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur, Jane Chance, Laurence N. de Looze, Margaret E. Goldsmith, Stanley B. Greenfield, Joseph Harris, Edward B. Irving, Jr., John Leyerle, Francis P. Magoun, Jr., M. B. McNamee, S. J., Bertha S. Phillpotts, John C. Pope, Richard N. Ringler, Geoffrey R. Russom, T. A. Shippey, and J. R. R. Tolkien.

A Critical Companion to Beowulf

Author: Andy Orchard

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 9781843840299

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 396

View: 5869


A generous, energetic, engaging work... will be important to Beowulf study for years to come. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW


Revised Edition

Author: Michael Swanton

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719051463

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 212

View: 8770


A new version of the legend of Beowulf chronicles the epic struggle of the hero against the sinister monster, Grendel

Anglo-Saxon England:

Author: Michael Lapidge,Malcolm Godden,Simon Keynes

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521413800

Category: History

Page: 313

View: 9485


This volume illustrates some of the exciting paths of enquiry in Anglo-Saxon studies.

The Postmodern Beowulf

A Critical Casebook

Author: Eileen A. Joy,Mary K. Ramsey,Bruce D. Gilchrist

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 704

View: 5240


This work includes twenty-four essays including a preface, introduction, afterword, and sections containing seminal methodological pieces by such giants as Edward Said and Michel Foucault, as well as contemporary applications to Beowulf and other Old English and Germanic texts focusing on historicism, psychoanalysis, gender, textuality, and post-colonialism.

Writing the oral tradition

oral poetics and literate culture in medieval England

Author: Mark Amodio

Publisher: Univ of Notre Dame Pr

ISBN: 9780268020231

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 298

View: 2478


Mark Amodio's book focuses on the influence of the oral tradition on written vernacular verse produced in England from the fifth to the fifteenth century. His primary aim is to explore how a living tradition articulated only through the public, performance voices of pre-literate singers came to find expression through the pens of private, literate authors. Amodio argues that the expressive economy of oral poetics survives in written texts because, throughout the Middle Ages, literacy and orality were interdependent, not competing, cultural forces. After delving into the background of the medieval oral-literate matrix, Writing the Oral Tradition develops a model of non-performative oral poetics that is a central, perhaps defining, component of Old English vernacular verse. Following the Norman Conquest, oral poetics lost its central position and became one of many ways to articulate poetry. Contrary to many scholars, Amodio argues that oral poetics did not disappear but survived well into the post-Conquest period. It influenced the composition of Middle English verse texts produced from the twelfth to the fourteenth century because it offered poets an affectively powerful and economical way to articulate traditional meanings. Indeed, fragments of oral poetics are discoverable in contemporary prose, poetics, and film as they continue to faithfully emit their traditional meanings. Writing the Oral Tradition will appeal to specialists and students interested in medieval literature, medieval cultural studies, and oral theory.


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Civilization, Medieval

Page: N.A

View: 7100


Tolkien's Art

A Mythology for England

Author: Jane Chance

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813138094

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

View: 5624


" J.R.R. Tolkien's zeal for medieval literary, religious, and cultural ideas deeply influenced his entire life and provided the seeds for his own fiction. In Tolkien's Art, Chance discusses not only such classics as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion, but focuses on his minor works as well, outlining in detail the sources and influences--from pagan epic to Christian legend-that formed the foundation of Tolkien's masterpieces, his "mythology for England."

Essays on Old, Middle, modern English, and Old Icelandic

in honor of Raymond P. Tripp, Jr

Author: Raymond Paul Tripp,Loren C. Gruber,Meredith Crellin Gruber,Gregory K. Jember

Publisher: Edwin Mellen Pr


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 521

View: 1604


Twenty-two scholars from Germany, Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States examine ancient and modern classics, ranging from Beowulf and Paradise Lost to Michael Crichton's Eaters of the Dead. Topics include Old English charms, Christian poetry, humor, and riddles; Old Icelandic sagas, epic dragons, and women's roles; Chaucerian textual studies, and contemporary novels.

A case for irony in Beowulf, with particular reference to its epithets

Author: Tom Clark

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Inc


Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 300

View: 2363


This book examines irony in the Old English poem Beowulf. It synthesises an argument that the poetics of Beowulf are fundamentally contrastive. Contrastiveness is a feature of expression that enables the presence of irony, although it does not guarantee it. Using a definition that emphasises contextual rather than absolute readings of irony, this study shows how irony is created in Beowulf by contrastive techniques such as the dichotomy of words and deeds, the use of juxtaposition in its development of characters, and the use of litotes. The author devotes particular attention to the epithets of Beowulf, examined as both an attributive phrase and the concomitant amplification of that phrase through its poetic context. Close readings of the poem's epithets reveal many ironies and many different types of irony. The systematic coherence of those types shows Beowulf in a new light, as a thoroughly ironic poem.

Constructing Nations, Reconstructing Myth

Essays in Honour of T.A. Shippey

Author: Andrew Wawn,Graham Johnson,John Walter

Publisher: Brepols Pub


Category: History

Page: 382

View: 2548


Making the Middle Ages is a series of monographs, and occasionally of collections, which aims to open up the rapidly growing and relatively newly recognised field of 'medievalism' - the post-medieval construction of the Middle Ages in scholarship and the arts - to a readership of academics, graduate students and, in the case of some volumes, undergraduates or the general reader. The series is devoted to scholarship in the cultural influence of the Middle Ages on England, mainland Europe, and North America from the sixteenth century to the present day. It focuses on two perspectives of medievalism: (i) Mediavistik, the origins and history of medieval studies, both inside and outside the academy; and (ii) Mediavismus, the creation and recreation of the Middle Ages in post-medieval art, history, literature and popular culture.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1604131462

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 180

View: 1676


Explores the author's literary work through critical essays that examine such themes as the Middle-Earth concept, mythology, and the relationship between literature and language.

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Chelsea House


Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 246

View: 2399


Presents a collection of critical essays on the classic novel that analyze its structure, characters, and themes.

Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Chelsea House Pub

ISBN: 9780791096154

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 247

View: 4657


The Bluest Eye is one of Toni Morrison's most powerful novels. The Nobel Laureate's debut is the story of Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl who prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. This book presents an impressive collection of updated critical essays and an insightful introduction by editor Harold Bloom that will enrich students' insight into this heartbreaking classic that tackles the crucial themes of race and identity.