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Беовульф – наиболее известное и наиболее изученное литературное произведение, дошедшее от времен англосаксонской Англии, и современному читателю приходится сталкиваться с большим числом и разнообразием интерпретаций таких основных вопросов, как датировка, источник и значение поэмы. В этой книге автор разбирает все эти проблемы, учитывая и предыдущие исследования, а также предлагая новые перспективы. После начального введения в проблему, внимание уделено, в основном, таким вопросам как контекст рукописи и подход к датировке поэмы, затем следует развернутое обсуждение специфического стиля и структуры этого, одного из наиболее выдающихся произведений эпоса германских народов.. Фон поэмы рассматривается не только относительно исторического и легендарного материала, но также и в мифологическом контексте. В заключительной главе описывается диапазон критических подходов, применявшихся к поэме в прошлом, а также намечаются отправные точки для будущего изучения.Образцы сканов:

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A Reconsideration of the Language of Beowulf’, p. 37. Boyle, ‘The Nowell Codex’, p. 32. Boyle’s rather dramatic view is challenged by Gerritsen, ‘Have with you to Lexington’, p. 16, who notes other examples of the same sudden changes of hands in, for example, London, British Library, Cotton Vitellius D. XI (Ker, Catalogue, pp. 292–8 [no. 222]), a mid-eleventh-century manuscript containing homilies for various saints’ days (the change occurs at 54r21), and London, British Library, Harley 107 (Ker, Catalogue, p.

39–42; Brown, ‘Beowulf and the Blickling Homilies’; Collins, ‘Blickling Homily XVI and the Dating of Beowulf’; Wright, The Irish Tradition in Old English Literature, pp. 116–38. See too below, pp. 30, 33, and 157–8. 29 Kiernan’s argument would carry more force were it not for the fact that the Beowulf-manuscript and that containing the Blickling Homilies are not alone in exhibiting more than one scribal hand: at least three further manuscripts not only witness multiple scribal hands, but are dated by Ker to precisely the same period as those containing the Blickling Homilies and Beowulf (‘s.

53 Sisam, The Structure of ‘Beowulf’, p. 1. vp 14 October 2002 15:19:52 Color profile: Generic CMYK printer profile Composite Default screen 2 Manuscript and Text The ‘Beowulf’-manuscript: history, script, and contents The manuscript that survives today in London as British Library, Cotton, Vitellius A. 3 The manuscript now opens with material in a mid-twelfthcentury hand (the so-called Southwick codex, fols. 1–90),4 including the sole witness to King Alfred’s version of Augustine’s Soliloquies, and concludes with material in two earlier hands (the so-called Nowell codex, fols.

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