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A Beowulf Handbook by Robert E.  Bjork
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Jul 27, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: literary-criticism, english-lit
Read in December, 2009

Reviewing literary criticism strikes me as weird, but this book is so rapturously interesting that I read sections every now and then for fun. Each chapter addresses either a major theme in Beowulf or an area of research. At the beginning of each chapter is an overview of historical scholarship – including a handy timeline of important publications! – and then an essay explaining what critics have argued about the topic and what conclusions remain to be investigated. Easy and entertaining! Why isn’t there one of these for every major work???

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