Undoing Babel: The Tower of Babel in Anglo-Saxon Literature by Tristan MajorUndoing Babel: The Tower of Babel in Anglo-Saxon Literature by Tristan Major

Undoing Babel: The Tower of Babel in Anglo-Saxon Literature

byTristan Major

Hardcover | February 16, 2018

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The Tower of Babel narrative is one of the most memorable accounts of the Bible, and its interpretative potential has produced a vast array of literary adaptations.

Undoing Babel is the first extensive examination of the development of the Babel narrative amongst Anglo-Saxon authors from late antiquity to the eleventh century. Tristan Major’s illuminating and original insight into Anglo-Latin and Old English works, including the writings of Aldhelm, Bede, Alcuin, Ælfric, and Wulfstan, reveals the cultural ideologies and anxieties that transformed the Babel narrative. In doing so, Major argues that these Babel narratives provide a basis for understanding the world’s ethnic and linguistic diversity as well as a theological stimulus to evangelize non-Christian and non-European people. Undoing Babel highlights the depth of literary innovation in this period and disproves any notion of a single Anglo-Saxon reception of biblical sources.

Tristan Major is an assistant professor in the Department of English Literature and Linguistics at Qatar University.
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Title:Undoing Babel: The Tower of Babel in Anglo-Saxon LiteratureFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:312 pages, 9.28 × 6.28 × 1 inShipping dimensions:9.28 × 6.28 × 1 inPublished:February 16, 2018Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1487500548

ISBN - 13:9781487500542

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Genesis 10–11

Introduction

1 Early Jewish and Christian Antiquity

2 Latin Christian Antiquity

3 The Early Anglo-Saxon School at Canterbury

4 Bede and Alcuin

5 Alfred the Great and the Literature of his Reign

6 The Tenth and Early Eleventh Centuries

7 The Biblical Poems of Junius

8 Conclusion

Bibliography

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The Tower of Babel narrative is one of the most memorable accounts of the Bible, and its interpretative potential has produced a vast array of literary adaptations.Undoing Babel is the first extensive examination of the development of the Babel narrative amongst Anglo-Saxon authors from late antiquity to the eleventh century. Tristan Major’s illuminating and original insight into Anglo-Latin and Old English works, including the writings of Aldhelm, Bede, Alcuin, Ælfric, and Wulfstan, reveals the cultural ideologies and anxieties that transformed the Babel narrative. In doing so, Major argues that these Babel narratives provide a basis for understanding the world’s ethnic and linguistic diversity as well as a theological stimulus to evangelize non-Christian and non-European people. Undoing Babel highlights the depth of literary innovation in this period and disproves any notion of a single Anglo-Saxon reception of biblical sources.‘While examining its earliest interpretations from Jewish and Christian commentators, Major presents a fascinating study of the Babel story in the literature of the Anglo-Saxons.’ - Daniel Anlezark, Dept. of English, University of Sydney