Toronto Old English Studies


The Toronto Old English Series was originally conceived to serve the needs of Old English scholars by providing new critical editions of texts. Over time the parameters of the series were broadened to include collections of essays and studies of specific themes and texts in Old English literature. The series is now complete.
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Narrative Pulse of  Beowulf: Arrivals and Departures
Narrative Pulse of Beowulf: Arrivals and Departures
John M. Hill

John M. Hill discerns a distinctive 'narrative pulse' arising out of the poem's many scenes of arrival and departure. He argues that such scenes, far from being fixed or 'type' scenes, are socially dramatic and a key to understanding the structural density of the poem.

Published Oct 2009
Say What I Am Called: The Old English Riddles of the Exeter Book & the Anglo-Latin Riddle Tradition
Say What I Am Called: The Old English Riddles of the Exeter Book & the Anglo-Latin Riddle Tradition
By Dieter Bitterli

A rich and illuminating work that is as intriguing as the riddles themselves, Say What I Am Called is a rewarding study of some of the most interesting works from the Anglo-Saxon period.

Published May 2009
Striving With Grace: Views of Free Will in Anglo-Saxon England
Striving With Grace: Views of Free Will in Anglo-Saxon England
By Aaron J. Kleist

Striving with Grace shows that all of these authors, despite striking differences in their sources and logic, underscore humanity's need for grace even as they labour to affirm the legitimacy of human effort.

Published Nov 2008
Finding the  Right Words: Isidore's <em>Synonyma</em> in Anglo-Saxon England
Finding the Right Words: Isidore's Synonyma in Anglo-Saxon England
By Claudia Di Sciacca

This rigorous, well-documented volume demonstrates the significance of the Synonyma to our understanding of the literary pretensions and pedagogical practices of Anglo-Saxon England, and offers new insights into the interaction of Latin and vernacular within its literary culture.

Published Sep 2008
Verse and Virtuosity: The Adaptation of Latin Rhetoric in Old English Poetry
Verse and Virtuosity: The Adaptation of Latin Rhetoric in Old English Poetry
By Janie Steen

With its wide-ranging discussion of texts and rhetorical figures, this book can serve as an introduction to Old English poetic composition and style. Verse and Virtuosity, will be of considerable interest to Anglo-Saxonists, linguists, and those studying rhetorical traditions.

Published May 2008
Klaeber's Beowulf, Fourth Edition
Klaeber's Beowulf, Fourth Edition
Edited by R.D. Fulk, Robert E. Bjork, and John D. Niles

Readers will find that the book remains recognizably Klaeber's work, but with altered and added features designed to render it as useful today as it has ever been.

Published Apr 2008
Source of  Wisdom: Old English and Early Medieval Latin Studies in Honour of Thomas D. Hill
Source of Wisdom: Old English and Early Medieval Latin Studies in Honour of Thomas D. Hill
By Charles D. Wright, Frederick Biggs, and Thomas N. Hall

Source of Wisdom is, ultimately, a contribution to the understanding of medieval English literature and the textual traditions that contributed to its development.

Published Dec 2007
Early English Metre
Early English Metre
By Thomas A. Bredehoft

Early English Metre presents a new perspective on early English verse and a new perspective on much of early English literary history. It is an essential addition to the literature on Old and Middle English and will be widely discussed amongst scholars in the field.

Published Nov 2005
Latin Learning and English Lore (Vols. I & II): Studies in Anglo-Saxon Literature for Michael Lapidge
Latin Learning and English Lore (Vols. I & II): Studies in Anglo-Saxon Literature for Michael Lapidge
Edited by Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe, Andy Orchard
The volumes together provide an invaluable survey of the rich literature, history, and culture of the period as well as a selection of groundbreaking studies that offer a number of exciting possibilities for future research.
Published Aug 2005
Families of the King: Writing Identity in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
Families of the King: Writing Identity in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
By Alice Sheppard

In Families of the King, Alice Sheppard explicitly addresses the larger interpretive question of how the manuscripts function as history.

Published Nov 2004