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By Andy Orchard

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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See too Bjork, ‘Grímur Jónsson Thorkelin’s Preface to the First Edition of Beowulf, 1815’. Kiernan, The Thorkelin Transcripts, p. 144. vp 14 October 2002 15:20:14 Color profile: Generic CMYK printer profile Composite Default screen 20 A Critical Companion to ‘Beowulf’ distinct styles of Insular minuscule script. David Dumville provides a conveniently succinct summary of their separate styles and stints:16 Scribe A, writing a minuscule characterised especially by extended descenders and ascenders, was responsible for lines 1–1939 (scyran) of Beowulf (fols.

Other Christian-Latin texts that make use of aspects of the Germanic heroic tradition (such as the Liber monstrorum or the Waltharius) are also considered for the considerable light they shed on the originality of the Beowulf-poet himself. Chapter 6 (‘Heroes and Villains’) concentrates on the significant dramatis personae of the text, and shows the careful sympathy with which many of the minor figures are depicted. The so-called ‘Finn-episode’ is analysed in detail, and its brooding quality is emphasised by comparison with the surviving Finnsburh fragment, which depicts some of the same events.

116–39. See above, n. 48. , Epistola Alexandri. vp 14 October 2002 15:20:18 Color profile: Generic CMYK printer profile Composite Default screen 26 A Critical Companion to ‘Beowulf’ bright like a star or a bolt of lightning, shining with gold and resplendent, with banners and pennants. And it was a sight to see such an army in its different array, since in ornament it was outstanding equally even among other nations. ] The Old English is version is rather longer, and palpably different in tone: Ond efne swiðe þa mine þegnas & eal min weorod wæs gewelgod þæt hie uneðe ealle þa byrðene þæs goldes mid him aberan & alædan meahton.

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