9781441148315

The Anglo-Saxon World Language, Writings and Culture

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  • ISBN13:

    9781441148315

  • ISBN10:

    1441148310

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-07-26
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

Richard J. Kelly's The Anglo-Saxon World is an exploration of the language, writings and culture found in the Anglo-Saxon period (c. 500 1100) and an examination of the relationships that exist between all three.

Placing the age in sharp historical context, including chapters on the Roman Britain and Norman periods that preceded and succeeded it, The Anglo-Saxon World provides an unintimidating introduction for students to the fundamentals of Anglo-Saxon language, history, poetry, prose and artistic production.

With elements such as a consideration of Anglo-Saxon linguistic features and dialects, a close literary study of Beowulf, an in-depth analysis of hagiographical writings and contemplation of metalwork and architecture of the time, The Anglo-Saxon World illuminates the period in question, challenging and encouraging the reader to read further into these subjects with new enthusiasm and confidence in their understanding of the basics.

Author Biography

Richard J. Kelly is a Professor and Head of Department at the School of Literature, Arts and Cultural Studies at Kinki University in Osaka, Japan. He specializes in the study of medieval literatures, in particular the Christian prose and poetry of the Anglo-Saxon period (mid 5th to early 12th century), and is an authority on the early English language. He is the author of a number of books as well as several academic papers in books and journals, ranging in content from medieval literature, culture, art and manuscripts to linguistics and textual transmission. His most significant works are Stone, Skin and Silver (1999), The Blickling Homilies (2003) and You're History! How People Make the Difference (2005).

Table of Contents

1. Pre-Anglo-Saxon Britain \ 2. Anglo-Saxon Britain \ 3. Anglo-Saxon Language \ 4. Anglo-Saxon Poetic Writings \ 5. Anglo-Saxon Prosaic Writings \ 6. Anglo-Saxon Artistic Production \ Tables, Charts & Graphs \ Glossary \ Bibliography \ Index

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