Beowulf

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438113684

Category: Beowulf

Page: 288

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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.
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Interpretations of Beowulf

A Critical Anthology

Author: Robert Dennis Fulk

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253206398

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 282

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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.
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A Critical Companion to Beowulf

Author: Andy Orchard

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 9781843840299

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 396

View: 7798

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

Revised Edition

Author: Michael Swanton

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719051463

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 212

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

A Critical Casebook

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

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 704

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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.
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Anglo-Saxon England:

Author: Michael Lapidge,Malcolm Godden,Simon Keynes

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521413800

Category: History

Page: 313

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

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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.
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Assays

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Civilization, Medieval

Page: N.A

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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

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 521

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

Author: Tom Clark

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 300

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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.
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Constructing Nations, Reconstructing Myth

Essays in Honour of T.A. Shippey

Author: Andrew Wawn,Graham Johnson,John Walter

Publisher: Brepols Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 382

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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.
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J.R.R. Tolkien

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1604131462

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 180

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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.
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Books in Print

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: American literature

Page: N.A

View: 1912

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John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Chelsea House

ISBN: 9780791093054

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 193

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Presents a collection of critical essays on Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath."
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Tolkien's Heroic Quest

Author: Robert Rorabeck

Publisher: Crescent Moon Pub

ISBN: 9781861712394

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 151

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TOLKIEN'S HEROIC QUEST J.R.R. Tolkien was above all else a philologist, a scholarly and expert on the Anglo-Saxon corpus of poetry. Yet, it is not Tolkien's scholarly work which he is primarily remembered for, but his mainstream success with The Hobbit and to an even greater extent The Lord of The Rings. In actuality, Tolkien's scholarly analysis and Tolkien's fiction and creations in the realm of faerie are not independent endeavors; there is an intrinsic connection between his two realms of writing: Tolkien's creative works owe a great debt to his insight into the areas of scholarly study, specifically within his observations on the poem The Battle of Maldon and the Middle English poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Not only does Tolkien bring the literary flavor of these works into his fictional creation, allowing his reader to transcend his time and inhabit a pseudo-era like but much unlike the world of the Anglo-Saxon poems, Tolkien also applies to his creative work his observations of ofermod within The Battle of Maldon and the social/ moral distinction which he interprets within Sir Gawain and the Green. The encompassing claim of this study is that J.R.R. Tolkien operated as a social critic through his fictional writing, and that Tolkien's developing social criticism has its roots in his critical interpretations of The Battle of Maldon and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Tolkien was primarily concerned with the elevation of man-made social systems over a divine and moral law, and he worked to deconstruct such systems as dangerous and flawed ideology that would inevitably lead to the downfall of man. Tolkien's specific interpretations on the corpus of his study reflect directly back upon the heroics and social mechanics he creates for his fictional realm of Middle-earth. This claim is intended to underline the important relationship between Tolkien's scholarly study and creative endeavor in a way which has not yet been fully developed within the literary criticism on Tolkien.
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The Lord of the Rings

New Edition

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 1438113994

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 217

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- Critical essays reflecting a variety of schools of criticism - Notes on the contributing critics, a chronology of the author's life, and an index - An introductory essay by Harold Bloom.
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C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Chelsea House Pub

ISBN: 9780791093108

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 236

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A critical overview of the popular children's book features the writings of Charles A. Huttar, Lee D. Rossi, Margaret Patterson Hannay, and other scholars.
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