Joinings: Compound Words in Old English Literature

Jonathan Davis-Secord

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Synopsis: The first comprehensive study of the use of compound words in Old English poetry, homilies, and philosophy, Joinings explores the effect of compounds on style, pace, clarity, and genre in Anglo-Saxon vernacular literature. Jonathan Davis-Secord demonstrates how compounds affect the pacing of passages in Beowulf, creating slow-motion narrative at moments of significant violence; how their structural complexity gives rhetorical emphasis to phrases in the homilies of Wulfstan; and how they help to mix quotidian and elevated diction in Cynewulf's Juliana and the Old English translations of Boethius. His work demonstrates that compound words were the epitome of Anglo-Saxon vernacular verbal art, combining grammar, style, and culture in a manner unlike any other feature of Old English.

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'This book offers new ways of thinking about how compounds are used and it will inform future study. It is a welcome addition to the field.'

- Paul Cavill - The Review of English Studies October 2016

'Jonathan Davis-Secord has woven a rich tapestry from such seemingly uninspiring threads as compounds, and his richly textured book is sure to please a range of scholars from a variety of perspectives.'

- Don Chapman - Anglia vol 135:2017

'An original, stimulating, and impressively erudite exploration of the role of compounds in Old English literary culture... This learned and engaging book opens up several new approaches to the study of a key feature of Old English verbal art and deserves to find a wide readership.'

- Richard Dance - Speculum, vol 92:04:2017

'In this book Davis-Secord brings to bear new and promising modes of analysis in a wide-ranging and provocative discussion.'

- Greg Waite - Parergon vol 34:02:2017

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