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Undoing Babel: The Tower of Babel in Anglo-Saxon Literature

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The Tower of Babel narrative is one of the most memorable accounts of the Bible, and its interpretative potential has produced a vast array of literary adaptations.

Undoing Babel is the first extensive examination of the development of the Babel narrative amongst Anglo-Saxon authors from late antiquity to the eleventh century. Tristan Major's illuminating and original insig
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Hardcover, 312 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by University of Toronto Press
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Kelly W.
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I first heard of this book when a friend mentioned it in conjunction with her job as an editorial assistant at a scholarly journal. Thus, it was already on my mind when I went to the big medieval studies conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan, so I bought it when I visited the Toronto stand. I’ve gotten more and more interested in the image/story of the Tower of Babel recently, due to a fantastic lecture I attended about Babel as a hyperobject. So, I was entirely thrilled that an extended study was d ...more
Rob Chappell
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This book provides readers with an excellent overview of how the Tower of Babel story from Genesis 11 was retold and interpreted by Anglo-Saxon authors of the 7th-11th centuries, who were writing in Latin and/or Old English. But beyond all that, the author also introduces readers to some of the major authors of Anglo-Saxon literature along the way, including a few that I had never heard of before! For anyone interested in learning more about Anglo-Saxon literature in general, and how biblical st ...more
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