Reading Old English Biblical Poetry: The Book and the Poem in Junius 11
Published: November 2020© 2020
234 Pages, 6.10 x 9.10 x 0.90 in
Reading Old English Biblical Poetry considers the Junius 11 manuscript, the only surviving illustrated book of Old English poetry, in terms of its earliest readers and their multiple strategies of reading and making meaning. Junius 11 begins with the Creation story and ends with the final vanquishing of Satan by Jesus.
The study is framed by particular attention to the materiality of the manuscript and how that might have informed its early reception, and it broadens considerations of reading beyond those of the manuscript’s compiler and possible patron. As a book, Junius 11 reflects a rich and varied culture of reading that existed in and beyond houses of God in England in the tenth and eleventh centuries, and it points to readers who had enough experience to select and find wisdom, narrative pleasure, and a diversity of other things within this orany book’s contents.
Introduction: Reading Junius 11
1. The Thrice-Told Tale
2. Seeing and Believing in Daniel and Genesis B
3. Boceras and Exodus
4. Wisdom Literature at the Back of the Book
5. The Book in the Library
“Thorough, comprehensive, and accessible, Reading Old English Biblical Poetry will appeal to students; the writing is elegant and concise, and the discussions, while nuanced, are presented in such a way that even students coming to Old English literature for the first time will be able to follow them.” Renée R. Trilling, Department of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Reading Old English Biblical Poetry offers wholly new insights, including discoveries relating to the pervasive Fall-of-the-Rebel-Angels theme, the origin and provenance of the Junius manuscript, and the influence of neglected sources."Paul Remley, Department of English, University of Washington