Weaving Words and Binding Bodies: The Poetics of Human Experience in Old English Literature – eBook PDF
Weaving Words and Binding Bodies, (PDF) features the first comprehensive study of weaving and binding imagery through intertextual study and close readings of Beowulf, riddles, the poetry of Cynewulf, and other important texts. Megan Cavell highlights the outstanding use of weaving and binding in previously unrecognized formulas, collocations, and type-scenes, shedding light on key tropes such as the lord-retainer “bond” and the gendered role of “peace-weaving” in Anglo-Saxon society. Through the study of metrical, rhetorical, and linguistic features and canonical and ignored texts in a wide range of genres, Weaving Words and Binding Bodies makes an important contribution to the ongoing study of Anglo-Saxon poetics.
“Weaving Words and Binding Bodies is an excellent, thoroughgoing study of weaving and binding in Anglo-Saxon poems, along with an analysis of related material culture, medieval technology, and concepts such as servitude and slavery.” — Mercedes Salvador-Bello, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Seville
“A captivating examination of the interrelated images of weaving and binding in Old English verse, Weaving Words and Binding Bodies discloses an Anglo-Saxon cultural preoccupation with the conceptual nexus of constriction and construction.” — Miranda Wilcox, Department of English, Brigham Young University
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