Language, Sign and Gender in Beowulf
Language, Sign and Gender in Beowulf
Brand: Southern Illinois University Press

Language, Sign and Gender in Beowulf

  • Publish Date: 1990-12-31
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Gillian R. Overing

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This is not a book about what Beowulf means but how it means
and how the reader participates in the process of meaning
construction; to this end, it is a bringing together of
contemporary critical theory and Old English poetry. Overing's
primary aim is to address the poem on its own terms, to trace and
develop an interpretive strategy consonant with the terms of its
difference from all other poems. Beowulf's arcane structure
describes cyclical repetitions and patterned intersections of
themes that baffle a linear perspective; the structure suggests
instead the irresolution and dynamism of deconstructionist
freeplay of textual elements.


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