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Hunting the Letter

Middle English Alliterative Verse and the Formulaic Theory

by Paul Hartle (Author)
Monographs 466 Pages

Summary

The author reviews the theory and history of 'Oral-Formulaic' criticism and its application to Middle English Alliterative Verse. He conducts a full and detailed analysis of the formulaic character of the diction of four widely divergent alliterative poems: Joseph of Arimathie, Death and Liffe, Saint Erkenwald and Scotish Feilde, placing each within the larger alliterative tradition. Major scholarly appendices provide the evidence for the arguments advanced as to the particular nature of each poem.

Details

Pages
466
ISBN (Book)
9783631337769
Language
English
Published
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, New York, Paris, Wien, 1999. 466 pp.

Biographical notes

Paul Hartle (Author)

The Author: Educated at Victoria College, Jersey, and St Catharine's College, Cambridge, Paul Hartle is now Director of Studies in English at the latter, where he researches and teaches in Medieval and Renaissance Literature.

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