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Author Hill, John M., 1946- author

Title The cultural world in Beowulf / John M. Hill
Published Toronto, Ontario : University of Toronto Press, 1995
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Description 1 online resource (x, 224 pages)
Series Anthropological horizons
Anthropological horizons.
Contents Introduction -- 1 Feud Settlements in Beowulf -- 2 The Temporal World in Beowulf -- 3 The Jural World in Beowulf -- 4 The Economy of Honour in Beowulf -- 5 The Psychological World in Beowulf -- Conclusion
Summary Beowulf is one of the most important poems in Old English and the first major poem in a European vernacular language. It dramatizes behaviour in a complex social world - a martial, aristocratic world that we often distort by imposing on it our own biases and values. In this cross-disciplinary study, John Hill looks at Beowulf from a comparative ethnological point of view. He provides a thorough examination of the socio-cultural dimensions of the text and compares the social milieu of Beowulf to that of similarly organized cultures. Through examination of historical analogs in northern Europe and France, as well as past and present societies on the Pacific rim in Southeast Asia, a complex and extended society is uncovered and an astonishingly different Beowulf is illuminated
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Beowulf.
Civilization, Anglo-Saxon, in literature.
Civilization, Germanic.
Culture in literature.
Epic poetry, English (Old) -- History and criticism.
Literature and anthropology -- England.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
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