John the Baptist's Prayer or the Descent Into Hell from the Exeter Book: Text, Translation and Critical Study (Anglo-Saxon Studies #21) (Hardcover)

John the Baptist's Prayer or the Descent Into Hell from the Exeter Book: Text, Translation and Critical Study (Anglo-Saxon Studies #21) By M. R. Rambaran-Olm Cover Image
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Edition, translation and full critical study of a hitherto marginalised text, bringing it to full attention for the first time.

The Old English poem known popularly as the Descent into Hell, found on folios 119v to 121v of the Exeter Book, has to date received little critical attention, perhaps owing to various contextual problems and lacunae on theleaves that contain it.
This first full-length study offers a full account of the poem, together with an edition of the text and facing translation. It aims to resolve some of the poem's vexing issues and provides a varietyof possible interpretations of the poem. The in-depth literary analysis seeks to enrich modern scholarly perceptions of the poem, suggest a more appropriate title, and contribute to continued scholarly discussion and analysis of the Exeter Book and its compilation. It provides a guide towards understanding the poem's main theme, presents the text in light of its position in ecclesiastical history, and sheds fresh light into its place and significance within the corpus of Old English poetry.

M.R. Rambaran-Olm received her PhD from the University of Glasgow.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781843843665
ISBN-10: 1843843668
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
Publication Date: June 19th, 2014
Pages: 262
Language: English
Series: Anglo-Saxon Studies