Borrowed Objects and the Art of Poetry: Spolia in Old English Verse - Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture (Paperback)
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Borrowed Objects and the Art of Poetry: Spolia in Old English Verse - Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture (Paperback)

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Published: 26/03/2024
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This study examines Exeter riddles, Anglo-Saxon biblical poems (Exodus, Andreas, Judith) and Beowulf in order to uncover the poetics of spolia, an imaginative use of recycled fictional artefacts to create sites of metatextual reflection. Old English poetry famously lacks an explicit ars poetica. This book argues that attention to particularly charged moments within texts – especially those concerned with translation, transformation and the layering of various pasts – yields a previously unrecognised means for theorising Anglo-Saxon poetic creativity. Borrowed objects and the art of poetry works at the intersections of materiality and poetics, balancing insights from thing theory and related approaches with close readings of passages from Old English texts.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9781526179142
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 232 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 10 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Ferhatovic ´demonstrates how productive the turn to material culture can be for understanding early medieval poetry.'Speculum'Ferhatovic has created a rich tapestry exploring these prominent, unsettling things as they are reflected in the poetry of a culture that knew all too well what plunder meant. His debut monograph provides a sharply argued and unconventional approach to several perplexing and important Old English works, finding a dramatically new angle from which to explore them.'Journal of English and Germanic Philology - .

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