A History of Old English Literature (Blackwell History of by Robert D. Fulk, Christopher M. Cain

By Robert D. Fulk, Christopher M. Cain

This well timed advent to outdated English literature makes a speciality of the creation and reception of outdated English texts, and on their relation to Anglo-Saxon background and tradition.
• Introduces outdated English texts and considers their relation to Anglo-Saxon tradition.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 nearly the full diversity of textual varieties preserved in previous English.
• Considers the construction, reception and makes use of of outdated English texts.
• Integrates the Anglo-Latin backgrounds an important to knowing previous English literature.
• bargains very broad bibliographical counsel.
• Demonstrates that Anglo-Saxon reviews is uniquely positioned to give a contribution to present literary debates.

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18 Before he took up his mission in 719 he proved himself a man of scholarly accomplishments, producing an elementary Latin grammar of some ingenuity (chapter 9) and a particularly intricate set of metrical enigmata (chapter 1). After Boniface’s martyrdom in Frisia at the age of nearly 80, an unnamed associate collected the correspondence pertaining to his mission. It furnishes an unparalleled view of the extent of literacy in Latin during this period, among both women and men, in the high compositional quality of Boniface’s many English correspondents’ writing, as well as in the variety of books that the letters describe as passing from English religious houses to the Continent.

Published 2013 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. The Chronology of Old English Literature 43 The problems are more severe in regard to the poetry. Although there may be reason to doubt whether Old English was much used for substantial prose compositions before Alfred’s day (see n. 1), the case is plainly otherwise in regard to verse.

The most influential study of genres in Germanic oral tradition is Heusler 1941, though the assertion here of the predominance of heroic verse types in prehistory does not coincide with his views. See chapter 10 nn. 20 and 21. For a synopsis of scholarship on the development of Germanic heroic poetry, see Ghosh (2007, especially 239–48), whose own conclusion is that the extant poetry sheds no light on the prehistory of the type, except that it implies continuity with prehistoric oral tradition.

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