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Author Neidorf, Leonard
Title The Transmission of "Beowulf" : Language, Culture, and Scribal Behavior
Imprint Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2017
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Edition 1st ed
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Series Myth and Poetics II
Myth and Poetics II
Note THE TRANSMISSION OF BEOWULF -- CONTENTS -- List of Illustrations -- Series Foreword by Gregory Nagy -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- List of Abbreviations -- 1. Introduction -- 1. The Duration of Transmission -- 2. The Detection of Scribal Error -- 3. Meter and Alliteration -- 4. Probabilistic Reasoning -- 5. General Prefatory Remarks -- 2. Language History -- 1. Diachronic Variation -- 2. Dialectal Variation -- 3. Syntactic Misconstruction -- 4. Trivialization -- 5. Interpolation -- 3. Cultural Change -- 1. Obliteration of Personal Names -- 2. Obliteration of Ethnic Names -- 3. Erroneous Spacing -- 4. Scribal Self-Correction -- 5. Chronological Significance -- 4. Scribal Behavior -- 1. The Lexemic Theory -- 2. Competing Theories -- 3. Variation in Parallel Texts -- 4. The Four Poetic Codices -- 5. Theory and Evidence -- 5. Conclusion -- 1. The Unity of Beowulf -- 2. Linguistic Regularities -- 3. Methodological Considerations -- 4. Textual Criticism -- 5. Manuscript Context -- Appendix: J. R. R. Tolkien's Beowulf Textual Criticism -- Glossary of Terms -- Bibliography -- Index of Verses -- Index of Subjects
Beowulf, like The Iliad and The Odyssey, is a foundational work of Western literature that originated in mysterious circumstances. In The Transmission of "Beowulf," Leonard Neidorf addresses philological questions that are fundamental to the study of the poem
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Neidorf, Leonard The Transmission of "Beowulf" : Language, Culture, and Scribal Behavior Ithaca : Cornell University Press,c2017 9781501705113
Subject Epic poetry, English (Old)--Criticism, Textual
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Alt Author Nagy, Gregory
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