Old English Literature: A Short Introduction

Old English Literature: A Short Introduction

Author(s): Daniel Donoghue

Published Online: 21 APR 2008

Print ISBN: 9780631234852

Online ISBN: 9780470776025

DOI: 10.1002/9780470776025

About this Book

This innovative and intriguing introduction to Old English literature is structured around what the author calls 'figures' from Anglo-Saxon culture: the Vow, the Hall, the Miracle, the Pulpit, and the Scholar.


  • An innovative and intriguing introduction to Old English literature.
  • Structured around 'figures' from Anglo-Saxon culture: the Vow, the Hall, the Miracle, the Pulpit, and the Scholar.
  • Situates Old English literary texts within a cultural framework.
  • Creates new connections between different genres, periods and authors.
  • Combines close textual analysis with historical context.
  • Based on the author's many years experience of teaching Old English literature.
  • The author is co-editor with Seamus Heaney of Beowulf: A Verse Translation (2001) and recently published with Blackwell Lady Godiva: A Literary History of the Legend (2003).

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