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«Beowulf» and Beyond


Hans Sauer and Renate Bauer

Beowulf and Beyond is a collection of papers mainly on Medieval English (i.e. Old and Middle English) language, literature and culture, often using comparative and interdisciplinary approaches. It features major authors and texts such as Beowulf, Chaucer, the Wyclif Bible, Margery Kempe, and Malory, but also the poem Judgement Day II, the Épinal-Erfurt glossary (ca. 680), and the Assize of bread (1256), a legal document. The more linguistically oriented studies deal with the language of Old English and Old Norse runic inscriptions, with OE word-formation (verbs with prefixed adverbs such as oferfaran; words for people), the loss of final plosive consonants in late Middle English rhyme-words, the use of hyphens in ME, and a comparison between Medieval English and German. Some contributions are specifically concerned with teaching Medieval texts to today’s students ( Beowulf, Malory). The volume is also a document of the activities of IAUPE, the International Association of University Professors of English. It contains a selection of the papers that were originally presented at the IAUPE Medieval Symposia at Munich/Germany and Vancouver/Canada.
Contents: Hans Sauer: Introduction – Manfred Malzahn/Muhammad Abu al-Fadl Badran: Beowulf in Arabia: Teaching heroic poetry in a post-heroic age – Patrizia Lendinara: Translating Doomsday: De die iudicii and its Old English translation (Judgement Day II) – Alfred Bammesberger: Old English runic inscriptions: Textual criticism and historical grammar – Ian Kirby: The Narragansett runic inscription, Rhode Island – Michiko Ogura: Old English preverbal elements with adverbial counterparts – Hans Sauer: Old English words for people in the Épinal-Erfurt glossary – Claire Fennell: The assize of bread (1256) – Conrad Lindberg: Revising the Wyclif Bible – Michael W. Twomey: Chaucer’s Latinity – Saburo Oka: Chaucer’s Troilus in a new comparative context – Liliana Sikorska: Between penance and purgatory: Margery Kempe’s Pélerinage de la vie humaine and the idea of salvaging journeys – Carol Kaske: Malory’s critique of violence before and just after the oath of the Round Table – Saara Nevanlinna: Observations on the loss of final plosive consonants in late Middle English rhyme-words – Manfred Markus: Hyphens and hyper-hyphens in Middle English (corpus-based) – Horst Weinstock: Medieval English and German: A guide to modern similarities and dissimilarities.