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Title Anglo-Saxon Emotions : Reading the Heart in Old English Language, Literature and Culture / edited by Alice Jorgensen, Frances McCormack, Jonathan Wilcox
Published Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 308 pages.)
Series Studies in early medieval Britain and Ireland
Studies in early medieval Britain and Ireland.
Contents Foreword -- Introduction / Alice Jorgensen -- Affective poetics: the cognitive basis of emotion in Old English poetry / Antonina Harbus -- The limited role of the brain in mental and emotional activity according to Anglo-Saxon medical learning / Leslie Lockett -- The curious case of TORN: the importance of lexical-semantic approaches to the study of emotions in Old English / Daria Izdebska -- 'So what did the Danes feel?' Emotion and litotes in Old English poetry / Stephen Graham -- An embarrassment of clues: interpreting Anglo-Saxon blushes / Jonathan Wilcox -- Naming shame: translating emotion in the Old English psalter glosses / Tahlia Birnbaum -- Learning about emotion from the Old English prose psalms of the Paris Psalter / Alice Jorgensen -- Those bloody trees: the affectivity of Christ / Frances McCormack -- Emotion and gesture in Hrothgar's Farewell to Beowulf / Kristen Mills -- Ne Sorga: grief and revenge in Beowulf / Erin Sebo -- Maxims I: In the 'mod' for life / Judith Kaup -- The neurological and physiological effects of emotional duress on memory in two Old English elegies / Ronald Ganze -- Early medieval experiences of grief and separation through the eyes of Alcuin and others: the grief and gratitude of the oblate / Mary Garrison -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary Research into the emotions is beginning to gain momentum in Anglo-Saxon studies. In order to integrate early medieval Britain into the wider scholarly research into the history of emotions (a major theme in other fields and a key field in interdisciplinary studies), this volume brings together established scholars, who have already made significant contributions to the study of Anglo-Saxon mental and emotional life, with younger scholars. The volume presents a tight focus a " on emotion (rather than psychological life more generally), on Anglo-Saxon England and on language and literature a " with contrasting approaches that will open up debate. The volume considers a range of methodologies and theoretical perspectives, examines the interplay of emotion and textuality, explores how emotion is conveyed through gesture, interrogates emotions in religious devotional literature, and considers the place of emotion in heroic culture. Each chapter asks questions about what is culturally distinctive about emotion in Anglo-Saxon England and what interpretative moves have to be made to read emotion in Old English texts, as well as considering how ideas about and representations of emotion might relate to lived experience. Taken together the essays in this collection indicate the current state of the field and preview important work to come. By exploring methodologies and materials for the study of Anglo-Saxon emotions, particularly focusing on Old English language and literature, it will both stimulate further study within the discipline and make a distinctive contribution to the wider interdisciplinary conversation about emotions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-298) and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Civilization, Anglo-Saxon.
Emotions in literature.
English language -- Old English, approximately 450-1100 -- History
English literature -- Old English, approximately 450-1100 -- History and criticism
Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History -- To 1500
Civilization, Anglo-Saxon.
Emotions in literature.
English language.
English literature.
Literature and society.
Great Britain -- History -- Anglo-Saxon period, 449-1066.
Great Britain.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Jorgensen, Alice, editor.
McCormack, Frances (Frances Mary), editor.
Wilcox, Jonathan, 1960- editor.
ISBN 1317180887