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Title The Cambridge history of early medieval English literature / edited by Clare A. Lees
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 789 pages) : illustrations
Series New Cambridge history of English literature
New Cambridge history of English literature.
Contents Acknowledgements / Clare A. Lees -- WORD, SCRIPT AND IMAGE -- Writing in Britain and Ireland, c. 400 to c. 800 / Julia M.H. Smith -- The art of writing: scripts and scribal production / Julia Crick -- Art and writing: voice, image, object / Catherine E. Karkov -- Of Bede's 'five languages and four nations': the earliest writing from Ireland, Scotland and Wales / Máire Ní Mhaonaigh -- Insular Latin literature to 900 / Rosalind Love -- Bede and the northern kingdoms / S.M. Rowley -- EARLY ENGLISH LITERATURE -- Across borders: Anglo-Saxon England and the Germanic world / Rolf H. Bremmer, Jr -- English literature in the ninth century / Susan Irvine -- The writing of history in the early Middle Ages: the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in context / Renée R. Trilling -- The literary languages of Old English: words, styles, voices / Joshua Davies -- Old English poetic form: genre, style, prosody / Haruko Momma -- Beowulf: a poem in our time / Gillian R. Overing -- Old English lyrics: a poetics of experience / Kathleen Davis -- Literature in pieces: female sanctity and the relics of early women's writing / Diane Watt -- Saintly lives: friendship, kinship, gender and sexuality / L.M.C. Weston -- Sacred history and Old English religious poetry / Andrew Scheil -- Performing Christianity: liturgical and devotional writing / Christopher A. Jones -- Riddles, wonder and responsiveness in Anglo-Saxon literature / Patricia Dailey -- LATIN LEARNING AND THE LITERARY VERNACULARS -- In measure, and number, and weight: writing science / R.M. Liuzza -- Legal documentation and the practice of English law / Lisi Oliver -- Latinities, 893-1143 / David Townsend -- The authority of English, 900-1150 / Elaine Treharne -- Crossing the language divide: Anglo-Scandinavian language and literature / Russell Poole -- European literature and eleventh-century England / Thomas O'Donnell, Matthew Townend and Elizabeth M. Tyler -- Gaelic literature in Ireland and Scotland, 900-1150 / Thomas Owen Clancy -- Writing in Welsh to 1150: (re)creating the past, shaping the future / Sioned Davies
Summary "Informed by multicultural, multidisciplinary perspectives, The Cambridge History of Early Medieval English Literature offers a new exploration of the earliest writing in Britain and Ireland, from the end of the Roman Empire to the mid-twelfth century. Beginning with an account of writing itself, as well as of scripts and manuscript art, subsequent chapters examine the earliest texts from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and the tremendous breadth of Anglo-Latin literature. Chapters on English learning and literature in the ninth century and the later formation of English poetry and prose also convey the profound cultural confidence of the period. Providing a discussion of essential texts, including Beowulf and the writings of Bede, this History captures the sheer inventiveness and vitality of early medieval literary culture through topics as diverse as the literature of English law, liturgical and devotional writing, the workings of science and the history of women's writing"--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 687-761) and indexes
Notes English
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Subject English literature -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- History and criticism
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
English literature -- Middle English.
Vroege middeleeuwen.
Languages & Literatures.
English Literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Lees, Clare A.
ISBN 9781139035637