Item description for The Power of Words: Anglo Saxon Studies Presented to Donald G. Scragg on his Seventieth Birthday (Medieval European Studies) by Hugh Magennis & Jonathan Wilcox...
The essays in this collection examine some favorite and well-known Old English poems, such as Beowulf and The Battle of Maldon, as well as advancing the understanding of many lesser-known works that shed light on the world of Anglo-Saxon England, especially the sermons, saints' lives, and prayers of the period. Individual studies illuminate the style of the leading prose writer of the day, the monk and abbot lfric, uncover the rationale underlying a particularly rich manuscript collection, explore the visual power of a particular prayerbook, and provide new readings of a number of homilies and saints' lives. Other essays explore the style of Old English poetry, and the stylistic and political implications of particular spelling choices. Careful attention to Old English manuscripts is evident throughout the collection, which includes one essay explicitly critiquing contemporary scholarly editing practices. The afterlife of Old English texts is another preoccupation picked up in many essays, including one that explains how the freemasons look back to a mythic Anglo-Saxon past. While all leading scholars in their own right, the writers in this volume are also all past students or friends of Professor Scragg. The volume includes a wonderful biographical essay that pays tribute to this significant scholar of Anglo-Saxon England. Eighth in West Virginia University Press's Medieval European Studies series, The Power of Words illustrates the exciting scholarship currently being produced on Anglo-Saxon culture while also serving as a tribute to a retiring giant of the field.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 8.75" Weight: 1.65 lbs.
Release Date Dec 31, 2006
Publisher West Virginia University Press
ISBN 1933202157 ISBN13 9781933202150
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More About Hugh Magennis & Jonathan Wilcox
Hugh Magennis is Professor of Old English Literature and Director of the Institute of Theology at Queen's University, Belfast.
Hugh Magennis currently resides in Belfast. Hugh Magennis has an academic affiliation as follows - Queen's University Belfast.