Beowulf: A Prose Translation: A Norton Critical Edition / Edition 2 available in Paperback
The text of this edition of Beowulf is based on the highly regarded Donaldson prose translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem.
Accurate and literally faithful, the Donaldson translation conveys the full meaning and spirit of the original.
"Backgrounds and Contexts" provides readers with the historical, linguistic, and literary settings of Beowulf, including Robert C. Hughes on the origins of the Old English language, E. Talbot Donaldson’s presentation of the major features of Old English poetry, new material on Beowulf’s tribes and genealogies, three maps, and a facsimile illustration of the manuscript.
"Criticism" collects seven new and wide-ranging interpretations of Beowulf by Fred C. Robinson, Roberta Frank, John D. Niles, Michael Lapidge, Joyce Hill, Helen Bennett, and Nicholas Howe.
A Glossary of Proper Names and a Selected Bibliography are included.
About the Author
Nicholas Howe was Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Professor of English at The Ohio State University. He was the author of The Old English Catalogue Poems: A Study in Poetic Form, Migration, and Mythmaking in Anglo-Saxon England, Writing the Map of Anglo-Saxon England, and of the Yale Guide to Old English Literature.
E. Talbot Donaldsonwas Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus at Indiana University. His books include Piers Plowman: The C-Text and Its Poets, Chaucer’s Poetry: An Anthology for the Modern Reader, and, with George Kane, the definitive edition of Piers Plowman: The B Version. He was a founding editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature.
Table of Contents(+ = new to BeowulfA Prose Translation)
The TranslationE. Talbot Donaldson
The Text of Beowulf
Backgrounds and Context
+The Beowulf Manuscript
+Tribes and Genealogies
MAP: The Geography of Beowulf
Robert C. HughesThe Origins of Old English to 800 AD
MAP: The Continental Homelands of the Germanic Invaders
MAP: The English Kingdoms at the Beginning of the Seventh Century AD
E. Talbot Donaldson[Old English Prosody and Cædmon's Hymn]
+Fred C. RobinsonAppositive Style and the Theme of Beowulf
+Roberta FrankThe Beowulf Poet's Sense of History
+John D. NilesReconceiving Beowulf: Poetry as Social Praxis
+Michael LapidgeBeowulf and the Psychology of Terror
+Joyce Hill"æt Wæs Geomuru Ides!" A Female Sterotype Examined
+Helen BennettThe Female Mourner at Beowulf's Funeral: Filling in the Blanks/ Hearing the Spaces
+Nicholas HoweThe Uses of Uncertainty: On the Dating of Beowulf
Glossary of Proper Names