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The dating of Beowulf / edited by Colin Chase.

Publication:
Toronto, Ontario ; Buffalo, New York ; London, England : University of Toronto Press, 1997.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (239 pages).
Series:
Toronto Old English series ; 6.
Toronto Old English Series ; 6
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Subjects:
Epic poetry, English (Old) -- Chronology.
Civilization, Anglo-Saxon -- Chronology.
Middle Ages -- Chronology.
Beowulf.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
In English.
Summary:
The date of Beowulf, debated for almost a century, is a small question with large consequences. Does the poem provide us with an accurate if idealized view of early Germanic culture? Or is it rather a creature of nostalgia and imagination, born of the desire of a later age to create for itself a glorious past? If we cannot decide when, between the 5th and 11th centuries, the poem was composed, we cannot distinguish what elements in Beowulf belong properly to the history of material culture, to the history of myth and legend, to political history, or to the development of the English literary imagination.This book represents both individual and concerted attempts to deal with this important question, and presents one of the most important inconclusions in the study of Old English. The contributors raise so many doubts, turn up so much new and disturbing information, dismantle so many long-accepted scholarly constructs that Beowulf studies will never be the same: henceforth every discussion of the poem and its period will begin with reference to this volume.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Editor’s preface
Abbreviations
The Dating of Beowulf
Opinions on the Date of Beowulf, 1815–1980
The Eleventh-Century Origin of Beowulf and the Beowulf Manuscript
The Nowell Codex and the Poem of Beowulf
A Reconsideration of the Language of Beowulf
Metrical Style as Evidence for the Date of Beowulf
Hetware and Hugas: Datable Anachronisms in Beowulf
Beowulf, the Danish Invasions, and Royal Genealogy
The Audience of Beowulf and the Vikings
Skaldic Verse and the Date of Beowulf
Variation in Beowulf and the Poetic Edda: A Chronological Experiment
Saints’ Lives, Royal Lives, and the Date of Beowulf
Style as the Criterion for Dating the Composition of Beowulf
On the Date of Composition of Beowulf
The Date of Beowulf: Some Doubts and No Conclusions
Afterword: The Uses of Uncertainty: On the Dating of Beowulf
Index
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Includes index.
Description based on print version record.
Contributor:
University of Toronto. Centre for Medieval Studies, issuing body.
Chase, Colin, editor.
ISBN:
1-4426-5751-0
OCLC:
903440888
Publisher Number:
10.3138/9781442657519 doi