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A Key to Old Poems: Oral/Formulaic Rhetorical Context and the Interpretation of Traditional West Germanic Poetry (Hardback)
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A Key to Old Poems: Oral/Formulaic Rhetorical Context and the Interpretation of Traditional West Germanic Poetry (Hardback)

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Hardback 260 Pages / Published: 05/11/1990
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This book examines the fundamental principles whereby the tradition of Indo-European oral-formulaic composition provides a context for the critical interpretation of certain kinds of English and German Medieval poetry. Renoir's purpose is to apply the rapidly increasing amount of original and far-reaching research in oral-formulaic theory and tradition to the critical interpretation of poetry. He concentrates on works of recognized literary merit, such as Beowulf and the Hildebrandslied, primarily because the book is aimed at English speakers and the examination of major poems drawn from early English and immediately related cultures is more relevant to this audience and because a preponderance of the masterpieces of oral-formulaic composition that have survived are in the West-Germanic tradition.In contrast to many oral-formulaic investigations, this study is primarily concerned with the literary quality of the materials examined. It is addressed to all scholars concerned with Medieval English poetry and its roots, scholars concerned with Germanic philology and oral-formulaic matters, and scholars concerned with literary interpretation in general. Further, it has considerable potential for use by students and in the classrooms."

Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
ISBN: 9780271004822
Number of pages: 260
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 230 x 150 x 18 mm

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