The Hero Recovered: Essays on Medieval Heroism in Honor of George Clark [Hardback]

Robin Waugh (Editor); James Weldon (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781580441544 | Published by: Medieval Institute Publications | Year of Publication: 2010 | Language: English 263p,




The Hero Recovered

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Essays on the heroic in medieval literature. Among the texts which are studied are Beowulf, The Battle of Maldon, the Passio Sancti Edwardi, Hrafnkels saga Freysgoda, Vatnsdaela saga, the Exeter Book riddles and Sir Thomas Gray’s Scalacronica.

Table of Contents

Part 1. The Hero and Legend: Beowulf
Thought in Beowulf and Our Perception of It: Interiority, Power, and the Problem of the Revealed Mind by Sarah L. Higley
Transforming the Hero: Beowulf and the Conversion of Hunferth by Judy King
The King and the Warrior: Hrothgar’s Sitting Masculinity by John M. Hill
Part 2. The Hero and History: The Battle of Maldon
Oaths in The Battle of Maldon by Stephen J. Harris
Heroic Saint and Saintly Hero: The Passio Sancti Eadmundi and The Battle of Maldon by Paul Cavill
Part 3. The Hero and Conventions: Studies of Old Norse Literature
Proverbs and Proverbiousness in Hrafnkels saga Freysgoða by Tom Shippey
The Sagas in the Straitjacket of Genre by Theodore M. Andersson
The Proverbs of Vatnsdæla saga and the Sword of Jökull: The Oral Backgrounds of Grettir Ásmundarson’s Flawed Heroism by Richard L. Harris
Part 4. The Hero Across Time: From the Middle Ages to the Modern Era
Vixen as Hero: Solving Exeter Book Riddle 15 by Marijane Osborn
Courage and Sexual Anxiety in Sir Thomas Gray’s Scalacronica by Andrew Taylor
The Child, the Primitive, and the Medieval: Making Medieval Heroes in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries by Anna Smol
Jónas Hallgrímsson’s “Verses of Icelanders” (Vísur Íslendinga) by Dick Ringler
Heroes and Heroism in the Fiction of Tolkein and the Old Norse World: An Interview with George Clark by †Daniel Timmons

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