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Beowulf and the Beowulf Manuscript
by Kevin S. Kiernan




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The story of Beowulf and his hard-fought victory over the monster Grendel has captured the imagination of readers and listeners for a millennium. The heroic Anglo-Saxon story survives to the world in one eleventh-century manuscript that was badly burned in 1731, and in two eighteenth-century transcriptions of the manuscripts.

Kevin S. Kiernan, one of the world's foremost Beowulf scholars, has studied the manuscript extensively with the most up-to-date methods, including fiber-optic backlighting and computer digitization. This volume reprints Kiernan's earlier study of the manuscript, in which he presented his novel conclusions about the date of Beowulf. It also offers a new Introduction in which the author describes the value of electronic study of Beowulf, and a new Appendix that lists all the letters and parts of letters revealed by backlighting.

This important volume will be a must-read not only for the scholar of early English history and literature, but for all those who are interested in practical applications of the new technologies.

Readers of this book will also be interested in The Electronic Beowulf.

Kevin Kiernan is Professor of English, University of Kentucky.

Distributed by the University of Michigan Press in Canada and the United States and its dependencies.

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Overview

The story of Beowulf and his hard-fought victory over the monster Grendel has captured the imagination of readers and listeners for a millennium. The heroic Anglo-Saxon story survives to the world in one eleventh-century manuscript that was badly burned in 1731, and in two eighteenth-century transcriptions of the manuscripts.

Kevin S. Kiernan, one of the world's foremost Beowulf scholars, has studied the manuscript extensively with the most up-to-date methods, including fiber-optic backlighting and computer digitization. This volume reprints Kiernan's earlier study of the manuscript, in which he presented his novel conclusions about the date of Beowulf. It also offers a new Introduction in which the author describes the value of electronic study of Beowulf, and a new Appendix that lists all the letters and parts of letters revealed by backlighting.

This important volume will be a must-read not only for the scholar of early English history and literature, but for all those who are interested in practical applications of the new technologies.

Readers of this book will also be interested in The Electronic Beowulf.

Kevin Kiernan is Professor of English, University of Kentucky.

Distributed by the University of Michigan Press in Canada and the United States and its dependencies.



This item is Non-Returnable.

 

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  • ISBN-13: 9780472084128
  • ISBN-10: 0472084127
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publish Date: January 1997
  • Page Count: 360
  • Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds


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