Undergraduates frequently find the fine Old English poem Judith the most stimulating of the surviving texts from the Anglo-Saxon period. In the past thirty years it has attracted a wide range of literary criticism both in the UK and the US. Feminist critics of English literature have been particularly interested by the ways in which the poet has adapted the traditional masculine heroic ethos of Old English poetry to a story figuring a violently active female protagonist. Yet there is no available edition of Judith which is either comprehensive or up to date, or which at all explains how and why the poem is worthy of our attention. This new edition aims to fill this gap. It includes a full Introduction and commentary by the editor, plus a comprehensive glossary, bibliography and appendices.
Mark Griffith is a Fellow and Tutor in English at New College, Oxford.
Preface List of Abbreviations Introduction 1 The Manuscript 2 Transcript and Editorial History 3 Language 4 Prosody 5 Date 6 Treatment of the Source 7 Judith and Old English Poetic Tradition 8 Judith and Christian Tradition 9 Style and Structure The Text, Editorial Procedure Judith: Text with textual notes Commentary Bibliography Appendices I Alliteration and Rhyme II Index and Tables to the Scansion III Latin Sources Glossary