Reading Old English Texts by Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe

By Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe

Analyzing previous English Texts specializes in the severe equipment at present getting used and built for examining and reading writings in previous English. it's the first choice of its variety within the box and is a well timed booklet, given the explosion of curiosity within the thought, technique and perform of severe studying lately. each one bankruptcy engages with present paintings on previous English texts from a selected methodological stance. The authors are all specialist, yet also are occupied with explaining their technique and its software to a extensive undergraduate and graduate readership.

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M. Chadwick (1870-1947), in The Heroic Age (1912), was to elucidate fully the implications of Ker's statement, by analyzing the common characteristics of Teutonic and Greek heroic poetry, society, government, and religion in the 'heroic age', and ultimately the causes and antecedent conditions of the heroic age: So far as our records go back, we find among the Teutonic peoples, as among the Gauls and the early Greeks, a numerous class who prefer the military life to the labour involved in agriculture.

The links between Beowulf and Grettissaga have now been treated exhaustively by A. Orchard, Pride and Prodigies: Studies in the Monsters of the Beowulf-Manuscript (Cambridge, 1995), pp. 140-68. 3 F. Metcalfe, The Englishman and the Scandinavian, or, A Companion of Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse Literature (Oxford, 1880), p. 152. More recent comparative studies of Old English and Old Norse include: J. Opland, A Beowulf-Analogue in Njdlssaga', Scandinavian Studies 45 (1973), 54-8; C. ]. Clover, The Germanic Context of the Unferth Episode', Speculum 55 (1980), 444-68; H.

The movement first affected Old English studies in investigations into the patristic background of religious poems and the Latin antecedents of a range of prose writings from homilies and saints' lives to romantic tales from the orient. One of the earliest is Jacob Grimm's edition of the poems Andreas and Elene, in the introduction to which Latin and Greek sources are proposed. The extent of Grimm's investigations is all the more remarkable, from a historical perspective, when it is realized that the edition appeared in 1840, only a few years after the sole manuscript witness, the Vercelli Book, 42 • D.

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