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n Beowulf and the Grendel-kin: Politics and Poetry in Eleventh-Century England, Helen Damico presents the first concentrated discussion of the initiatory two-thirds of Beowulf’s 3,182 lines in the context of the sociopolitically turbulent years that composed the first half of the eleventh century in Anglo-Danish England. Beowulf and the Grendel-Kin lays out the story of Beowulf, not as a monster narrative nor a folklorish nor solely a legendary tale, but rather as a poem of its time, a historical allegory coping with and reconfiguring sociopolitical events of the first half of eleventh-century Anglo-Saxon England.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Series page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction: From History to Vernacular Epic
  2. pp. 1-40
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  1. 1. The Severed Head: Poetic Image and Historical Text
  2. pp. 41-101
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  1. 2. The Gifstōl and the Grendel-kin
  2. pp. 102-151
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  1. 3. Álfífa in ríka and the Beowulfian Konungamóðir
  2. pp. 152-219
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  1. 4. Emma and Wealhtheow: Female Sovereignty and Poetic Discourse
  2. pp. 220-300
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 301-313
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 314-348
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 349-361
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 362-363
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781938228735
Related ISBN
9781938228711
MARC Record
OCLC
905636930
Pages
360
Launched on MUSE
2015-03-25
Language
English
Open Access
No
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