Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Studi Anglo-Norreni in Onore Di John S. McKinnell: 'He Hafað Sundorgecynd'

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Studi Anglo-Norreni in Onore Di John S. McKinnell: 'He Hafað Sundorgecynd'

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Studi Anglo-Norreni in onore di John S. McKinnell: 'He hafað sundorgecynd', ed. Maria Elena Ruggerini, with Veronka Szöke (Cagliari: CUEC, 2009). 490 pp. ISBN 978-88-8467-527-9. euro24.00. This Festschrift, honouring John McKinnell of the University of Durham, contains a wide range of articles in English and Italian, addressing, as the title indicates, in part I, literary and cultural-historical subjects in Old and Middle English, with a couple of essays addressing early modern literature or reception. The second part, where there are rather fewer Italian chapters, is concerned with Old Norse and the reception of Scandinavian learning The whole work is prefaced with an introduction from Maria Elena Ruggerini, and an account of England as viewed from Italy in the fourteenth century: 'L'Inghilterra vista dall'Italia' by Raffaele Morabito. The Old English articles look at the Franks casket (Cocco), Old English metre (Stanley), Exodus (Szöke), and the Old English 'Seven Sleepers' (Ruggerini), while Middle English is represented by Chaucer (Saunders) and Tolkien's reception of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Arduini). Work on early modern English includes an account of Thersites (Mullini), A. …

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