The exploitation of heroic conventions in the OE poem Andreas: an artistic misconduct or a convincing blend of traditional literary concepts and new Christian ideas?

Authors

  • Alenka Divjak

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.4312/an.45.1-2.139-152

Keywords:

English literature, OE literature, heroic poetry, Christianity

Abstract

This paper examines the function of traditional heroic concepts, typical of the traditional military Germanic society, in the Christian environment of the Old English poem Andreas, whose indebtedness to the traditional heroic poetry has been generally recognised. The paper juxtaposes four examples of traditional heroic ethos from Beowulf, the most detailed example of heroic poetry, and the text to which Andreas is verbally and stylistically very close, with the relevant parallels from Andreas, in order to determine to what extent the traditional images relating to the life of traditional heroic society still retain in Andreas their traditional connotations and to what extent they are imbued with the new Christian meaning.

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Published

31. 12. 2012

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How to Cite

Divjak, A. (2012). The exploitation of heroic conventions in the OE poem Andreas: an artistic misconduct or a convincing blend of traditional literary concepts and new Christian ideas?. Acta Neophilologica, 45(1-2), 139-152. https://doi.org/10.4312/an.45.1-2.139-152