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Heroic Poetry in the Anglo-Saxon Period
Studies in Honor of Jess B. Bessinger, Jr.

Edited by Helen Damico and John Leyerle

Heroic Poetry in the Anglo-Saxon Period
Paperback, 467 pages £41.50
Published: 1993
ISBN: 9781879288287
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Subjects: Literary Studies, Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies
Series: Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

Eighteen essays by some of the most prominent British and North American students of heroic poetry, plus two poems and a bibliography, are gathered here to honor Jess B. Bessinger Jr., whose innovative studies of heroic poetry have instructed a generation of scholars and whose performances of Anglo-Saxon poems are legendary.

Biographical Preface by John Leyerle
Bibliography by Helen Damico
Dedicatory Poem: For J. B. 1949
Dedicatory Poem: For Jess B. Bessinger 1992 by Willaim Alfred
Offa in The Battle of Maldon by John C. Pope
The Battle of Maldon: Its Reception 1726-1906 by Roberta Frank
Celæs and Cellod: Decorated in Low Relief by Donald K. Fry Love and Death in the Männerbund: An Essay with Special Reference to the Bjarkamál and The Battle of Maldon by Joseph Harris
The Accentuation of Nu in Cædmon's Hymn by Fred C. Robinson
Cædmon Revisited by Albert Bates Lord
The Context for Epic in Later Anglo-Saxon England by Robert L. Kellogg
Type D Verses as Evidence for the Rhythmic Basis of Old English Meter by Thomas Cable
Some Problematic Sense-Divisions in Old English: glory and victory; noble, glorious, and learned by Eric Stanley
Between the Lines: Subdominant-to-Dominant Patterning in Beowulf by Robert Payson Creed
Judith: Sacred and Secular Heroine by Patricia A. Belanoff
Formulaic Tradition and the Latin Waltharius by Alexandra Hennessey Olsen
The Formulaic Relationship Between Beowulf and Andreas by Anita R. Riedinger
Domesticating the Dayraven in Beowulf 1801 (with Some Attention to Alison's Ston) by Marijane Osborn
The Hall in Beowulf and in Archaeology by Rosemary Cramp
Heroic Role-Models: Beowulf and Others by Edward B. Irving, Jr.
Beowulf and the Psychology of Terror by Michael Lapidge
Beowulf's Last Words vs. Bothvar Bjarki's: How the Hero Faces His God by Constance B. Hieatt

Helen Damico is a professor emerita of English and founder of the Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of New Mexico. She has published widely on Old and Middle English literature, particularly Beowulf.

John Leyerle was a professor of English at the University of Toronto, a driving force in creating the Centre for Medieval Studies there, and also worked hard to help establish CARA.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 467 pages

BIC Code:
  LIT011000, LIT014000
 Medieval Institute Publications


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