The Student's Guide to Shakespeare
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The Student's Guide to Shakespeare

"Fabulously useful and formidably organised and clear, William McKenzie's Guide to Shakespeare has what it takes to turn any curious and committed student into a really outstanding Shakespearean. And as well as helping you to get top marks it will give you the confidence and satisfaction of beginning to think about the most prestigious and famous writer in the world for yourself. Once you can do that, you can surely do anything--in l...

Seven Viking Romances
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Seven Viking Romances

Combining traditional myth, oral history and re-worked European legend to depict an ancient realm of heroism and wonder, the seven tales collected here are among the most fantastical of all the Norse romances. Powerfully inspired works of Icelandic imagination, they relate intriguing, often comical tales of famous kings, difficult gods and women of great beauty, goodness or cunning. The tales plunder a wide range of earlier literatur...

Modernism, Periodicals, and Cultural Poetics
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Modernism, Periodicals, and Cultural Poetics

"Chambers carefully cuts back the myths which have grown dense over landmarks in twentieth century English poetry. Through a nuanced reading of the 'little magazines' and anthologies that launched, affirmed, discussed, and refuted the poetry of these groupings, Chambers not only adds to our understanding of English literary culture but also demonstrates how important it is to understand literary culture as a culture of the little mag...

Simonides the Poet: Intertextuality and Reception
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Simonides the Poet: Intertextuality and Reception

The first study in English for a generation of the ancient Greek poet Simonides, approaching his work both through intertextual readings and through his ancient reception. In antiquity Simonides was as famous as his contemporaries Aeschylus and Pindar, and the book will be important for all scholars of Greek poetry.

Becoming a Poet in Anglo-Saxon England
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Becoming a Poet in Anglo-Saxon England

Becoming a Poet in Anglo-Saxon England is the first book combining literary, linguistic and historical evidence from Old English and Latin to offer a new account of who Anglo-Saxon poets were and how they worked, showing the crucial importance of poets' social roles and their engagement in poetic communities.

The Avowing of King Arthur
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The Avowing of King Arthur

This book presents the manuscript of the original poem, from the Ireland Blackburne MS. The composition is from some time between the late 14th and late 15th century. Originally published in 1984, this book introduces the manuscript with historical details and discussion of its language, structure and sources, including a bibliography of related studies. After the poem is a comprehensive notes section and glossary.

Book XIII of Ovid’s Metamorphoses: A Textual Commentary
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Book XIII of Ovid's Metamorphoses: A Textual Commentary

The text of Ovid's Metamorphoses is not as indisputably established as one might think. Many passages are still obscure or plainly corrupt. 550 manuscripts, 500 editions and reprints, as well as countless critical notes and works must be taken into account when trying to establish the most reliable text for new generations of readers. This volume provides a detailed line-by-line analysis of Book XIII and offers thereby an indispensab...

Transformations of Ovid in Late Antiquity
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Transformations of Ovid in Late Antiquity

Ovid could be considered the original poet of late antiquity. In his exile poetry, he depicts a world in which Rome has become a distant memory, a community accessible only through his imagination. This, Ovid claimed, was a transformation as remarkable as any he had recounted in his Metamorphoses. Ian Fielding's book shows how late antique Latin poets referred to Ovid's experiences of isolation and estrangement as they reflected on t...

A History of German Literature: From the Beginnings to the Present Day
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A History of German Literature: From the Beginnings to the Present Day

Since the appearance of its first edition in Germany in 1979, A History of German Literature has established itself as a classic work used by students and anyone interested in German literature. The volume chronologically traces the development of German literature from the Middle Ages to the present day. Throughout this chronology, literary developments are set in a social and political context. This includes a final chapter, writte...