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The Experience of Education in Anglo-Saxon Literature -

The Experience of Education in Anglo-Saxon Literature



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Anglo-Saxons valued education yet understood how precarious it could be, alternately bolstered and undermined by fear, desire, and memory. They praised their teachers in official writing, but composed and translated scenes of instruction that revealed the emotional and cognitive complexity of learning. Irina Dumitrescu explores how early medieval writers used fictional representations of education to explore the relationship between teacher and student. These texts hint at the challenges of teaching and learning: curiosity, pride, forgetfulness, inattention, and despair. Still, these difficulties are understood to be part of the dynamic process of pedagogy, not simply a sign of its failure. The book demonstrates the enduring concern of Anglo-Saxon authors with learning throughout Old English and Latin poems, hagiographies, histories, and schoolbooks.

Product code: 9781108416863

ISBN 9781108416863
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H235xW158xS18
No. Of Pages 252
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Series Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature
This engaging study explores how early medieval writers reflected on the nature of education and the acquisition of wisdom. By studying representations of teaching and learning in five early English texts, Irina Dumitrescu sheds light on the underappreciated emotional and cognitive complexities of Anglo-Saxon instruction.