Images Of Community In Old English Poetry by Hugh MagennisImages Of Community In Old English Poetry by Hugh Magennis

Images Of Community In Old English Poetry

byHugh Magennis

Paperback | November 23, 2006

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This book explores ideas of community and of the relationship of individuals to communities widely evident in Old English poetry. It pays particular attention to the context in which major poetic manuscripts of the late Anglo-Saxon period were received, a time when concerns about community appear to have been of special urgency. The book identifies key features of the audience or readership of Old English poetry in this period, and relates the interests of these groups of people to themes reflected in the poetic texts.
Title:Images Of Community In Old English PoetryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:November 23, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521031842

ISBN - 13:9780521031844


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction: ideas of community and an Anglo-Saxon audience/readership; 2. Hall and city, feasting and drinking: images of communal life; 3. Hall and feasting in Beowulf; 4. Hall and feasting: transformations and alternative perspectives; 5. Personal in conflict with communal; 6. The mythic landscape of Beowulf: sea, stronghold and wilderness; 7. The dwelling-places of God's people: place and setting in biblical poetry; 8. Places of trial and triumph in hagiographical poetry; 9. Conclusion: community and power in later poetic and other texts; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"...the book will be a solid introduction to Old English poetry for an undergradute or beginning graduate student." M.A. Dalbey, Choice