The Resource "Fore ðære mærðe mod astige" : two new perspectives on the Old English Gifts of men, by Derek Updegraff, (electronic resource)

"Fore ðære mærðe mod astige" : two new perspectives on the Old English Gifts of men, by Derek Updegraff, (electronic resource)

Label
"Fore ðære mærðe mod astige" : two new perspectives on the Old English Gifts of men
Title
"Fore ðære mærðe mod astige"
Title remainder
two new perspectives on the Old English Gifts of men
Statement of responsibility
by Derek Updegraff
Creator
Contributor
Thesis advisor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Old English poem The Gifts of Men has received little attention in contemporary scholarship, and when it has been referenced in recent decades, the primary trend has been to comment on its unique structure and position within the discourse of catalogue poems. As a gnomic and Christian religious text, the poem is most likely a composition that found influences in both Germanic and patristic traditions, and source study tended to drive the earliest scholarship on the poem. This thesis seeks to expand the scholarship on The Gifts of Men by offering a linguistic study of the poem's terms of cognition, thereby situating it within the discourse focused on the concept of the mind in Anglo-Saxon England. This thesis also complicates the poem's position as a religious text by offering a new interpretation of its opening and closing lines through a comparative reading with the Old English poems Genesis A and Genesis B. The semantic study of the Old English word mod ("mind") and other cognitive terms demonstrates the poet's conception of the mind-space as the receptacle for God's gifts, and the comparative reading with the Genesis poems contends that the poet alludes to the narrative of the fall of the chief angel as a means of warning against pride. The two new perspectives argued for within this thesis seek not only to renew interest in the poem, but also to recuperate the poet, whose complex use of language and intricately framed allusion to the creation narrative both work to show that he was a more accomplished author than earlier critics have recognized
Cataloging source
MUU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Updegraff, Derek
Degree
M.A.
Dissertation year
2008.
Granting institution
University of Missouri--Columbia
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • theses
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Kramer, Johanna Ingrid
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English poetry
  • Poets, English
  • Religious poetry
Target audience
specialized
Label
"Fore ðære mærðe mod astige" : two new perspectives on the Old English Gifts of men, by Derek Updegraff, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file
  • Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on October 6, 2009)
  • Thesis advisor: Dr. Johanna Kramer
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
449807700
Extent
1 online resource (v, 77 pages .)
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)449807700
Label
"Fore ðære mærðe mod astige" : two new perspectives on the Old English Gifts of men, by Derek Updegraff, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
  • The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file
  • Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on October 6, 2009)
  • Thesis advisor: Dr. Johanna Kramer
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
449807700
Extent
1 online resource (v, 77 pages .)
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)449807700

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