The Cambridge History of Early Medieval English Literature

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  • Copyright: 2013-01-07
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Informed by multi-cultural, 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: literature in Britain and Ireland, 500-1150
Word, Script and Image:
Writing in Britain and Ireland, 400-800
The art of writing: scripts and scribal production
Art and writing: voice, image, object
Of Bede's 'Five Languages and Four Nations': the earliest writing from Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Insular Latin literature to 900
Bede and the northern kingdoms
Early English Literature:
Across borders: Anglo-Saxon England and the Germanic world
English literature in the ninth century
The writing of history in the early Middle Ages: the Anglo-Saxon chronicle in context
The literary languages of Old English: words, styles, voices
Old English poetic form: genre, style, prosody
Beowulf: a poem in our time
Old English lyrics: a poetics of experience
Literature in pieces: female sanctity and the relics of early women's writing
Saintly lives: friendship, kinship, gender and sexuality
Sacred history and Old English religious poetry
Performing Christianity: liturgical and devotional writing
Riddles, wonder and responsiveness in Anglo-Saxon literature
Latin Learning and the Literary Vernaculars:
In measure, and number, and weight: writing science
Legal documentation and the practice of English law
Latinities, 893-1143
The authority of English, 900-1150
Crossing the language divide: Anglo-Scandinavian language and literature
European literature and eleventh-century England
Gaelic literature in Ireland and Scotland, 900-1150
Writing in Welsh to 1150: re-creating the past, shaping the future
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