With the decline of formalism and its predilection for Old English poetry, Old English prose is leaving the periphery and moving into the center of literary and cultural discussion. The extensive corpus of Old English prose lends many texts of various kinds to the current debates over literary theory and its multiple manifestations. The purpose of this collection is to assist the growing interest in Old English prose by providing essays that help establish the foundations for considered study and offer models and examples of special studies. Both retrospective and current in its examples, this collection can serve as a "first book" for an introduction to study, particularly suitable for courses that seek to entertain such issues as authorship, texts and textuality, source criticism, genre, and forms of historical criticism as a significant part of a broad, cultural teaching (and research) plan.

chapter |44 pages

The Chronology of Ælfric's Works 1

ByPeter Clemoes

chapter |48 pages

Homiliaries and Preaching in Anglo-Saxon England

ByMary Clayton

chapter |29 pages

The Myth of Circe in King Alfred's Boethius *

ByKlaus Grinda

chapter |19 pages

Alfred and Ælfric: A Study of Two Prefaces

ByBernard F. Huppé

chapter |23 pages

Ælfric's Saints' Lives and the Problem of Miracles

ByM.R. Godden

chapter |15 pages

Ælfric's Use of Etymologies

ByJoyce Hill

chapter |12 pages

Ælfric, the Prose Vision, and the Dream of the Rood

ByPaul E. Szarmach

chapter |14 pages

The Notice on Marina (7 July) and Passiones S. Margaritae

ByJ.E. Cross

chapter |29 pages

The English Saints Remembered in Old English Anonymous Homilies

ByJane Roberts