Old English Poetry in Context

Old English Poetry in Context

Hardback Texts & Contexts

By (author) Philippa Semper

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  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Format: Hardback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 216mm x 28mm | 504g
  • Publication date: 23 March 2017
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847064906
  • ISBN 13: 9781847064905

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This title guides the reader through the full range of critical responses to Old English Poetry and its cultural contexts and influence. Old English poetry comprises a fascinating and surprisingly wide-ranging body of texts, one which continues to engage readers today and to affect the content of contemporary films, games, and fantasy writing. This book places these poems in three specific contexts - social, literary and critical - and offers close readings in response to the themes which emerge. These include the ways in which ongoing processes of change and adaptation can be seen to operate within a model of heroic behaviour and priorities, concerned with issues of community, identity and memory. This guide enables readers to consider new ideas in relation to existing critical approaches and debates, and to see how changing perspectives have continued to shape our understanding of these poems.

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Author information

Philippa Semper is Lecturer in Medieval English in the Department of English at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Table of contents

Series Preface; Part I: Contexts; 1. Social and Cultural Context; 2. Litarary Context; Review, Reading and Research; Part II: Texts; 3. Patterns and Poetry: Close Readings; Review, Reading and Research; Part III: Wider Contexts; 4. Critical Contexts; 5. Afterlives and Adaptations; Review, Reading and Research; Bibliography; Index.