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Heroic identity in the world of Beowulf [electronic resource] / by Scott Gwara.

By: Gwara, Scott, 1962-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Medieval and Renaissance authors and texts: v. 2.Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2009Description: 1 online resource (xi, 419 p.).ISBN: 9789047425021 (electronic bk.); 9047425022 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Beowulf | Heroic virtue in literature | Epic poetry, English (Old) -- History and criticism | Heroes in literature | LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, WelshGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Heroic identity in the world of Beowulf.DDC classification: 829/.3 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
A contested Beowulf -- The wisdom context of the Sigemund-Heremond and Hunfer� digressions -- The foreign Beowulf and the "Fight at Finnsburh" -- The rhetoric of Oferhygd in Hro�gar's "sermon" -- Beowulf's dragon fight and the appraisal of Oferhygd -- King Beowulf and Ealdormonn Byrhtno�.
Summary: In exploring the identities of foreign fighters seeking glory abroad, this revisionist book challenges the traditional view of Beowulf as a 'hero', who emphasizes the obligations attending excellence and the temptation of power, both personal and civic.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [375]-396) and indexes.

A contested Beowulf -- The wisdom context of the Sigemund-Heremond and Hunfer� digressions -- The foreign Beowulf and the "Fight at Finnsburh" -- The rhetoric of Oferhygd in Hro�gar's "sermon" -- Beowulf's dragon fight and the appraisal of Oferhygd -- King Beowulf and Ealdormonn Byrhtno�.

In exploring the identities of foreign fighters seeking glory abroad, this revisionist book challenges the traditional view of Beowulf as a 'hero', who emphasizes the obligations attending excellence and the temptation of power, both personal and civic.

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