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By Andy Orchard

ISBN-10: 0859917665

ISBN-13: 9780859917667

Беовульф – наиболее известное и наиболее изученное литературное произведение, дошедшее от времен англосаксонской Англии, и современному читателю приходится сталкиваться с большим числом и разнообразием интерпретаций таких основных вопросов, как датировка, источник и значение поэмы. В этой книге автор разбирает все эти проблемы, учитывая и предыдущие исследования, а также предлагая новые перспективы. После начального введения в проблему, внимание уделено, в основном, таким вопросам как контекст рукописи и подход к датировке поэмы, затем следует развернутое обсуждение специфического стиля и структуры этого, одного из наиболее выдающихся произведений эпоса германских народов.. Фон поэмы рассматривается не только относительно исторического и легендарного материала, но также и в мифологическом контексте. В заключительной главе описывается диапазон критических подходов, применявшихся к поэме в прошлом, а также намечаются отправные точки для будущего изучения.Образцы сканов:

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It shone and glittered before me and around me in glory, and they led before me war-banners and standards. And so great was the sight and spectacle of that troop of mine in splendour beyond all the other mighty kings there have been in the world. ] The richness of the diction is best exemplified by the extensive use of (often alliterating) doublets (mine þegnas & eal min weorod; scan & berhte; wundor & wæfersien; sceawede ic seolfa & geseah; mine gesælinesse & min wuldor; þa fromnisse minre iuguðe & gesælignisse mines lifes);57 the emphasis on Alexander himself is highlighted by a fourfold increase in the use of first-person references, as well as by an alteration of an anonymous reference to other ‘nations’ (gentes), to one to ‘mighty kings’ (þeodcyninga).

Then there are on the Brixontes wild animals which are called Lertices. They have donkey’s ears and sheep’s wool and bird’s feet. Then there is another island, south of the Brixontes, on which there are born men without heads who have their eyes and mouth in their chest. They are eight feet tall and eight feet wide. Dragons are born there, who are one hundred and fifty feet long, and are as thick as great stone pillars. ] 47 48 49 50 Beowulf has hliuade in line 1799b. The genitive plurals in -o in Beowulf are yldo (line 70a) and hynðo (line 475a); the five such spellings in the Letter are siðfato (115v11), leohtfato (121r8), earfeðo (122r15), Medo (108v3), and ondswaro (109r13); for other such spelings elsewhere in the extant corpus, see Klaeber, ‘A Few Beowulf Notes’, p.

92–3; see too Lucas, ‘The Place of Judith’, p. 474. The figures derive ultimately from Rypins, Three Old English Texts, p. xix. For some interesting illustrations of how scribe B occasionally corrected his original io-spellings, see Kiernan, Beowulf and the Beowulf-Manuscript, pp. xxvi–xxvii. , Judith, pp. 11–18. There are many examples in Beowulf: see below, n. 61. Sisam, Studies, p. 68. Sisam, Studies, pp. 64, 85–6, and 94. 48 It is certainly true that while both Wonders and the Letter depict lands far removed in both geography and chronology from those described in Beowulf, there are a number of thematic similarities which link all three texts.

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