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The Natural World in the Exeter Book Riddles


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Introduction 'be sonde, saewealle neah': Locating Non-Human Subjects in an Anthropocentric World 'earfoda dael': The Groan of Travail in the Ox-Riddles 'wraetlic weorc smitha': Inverting the Colophon in Riddle 26 'deope gedolgod': Wounding and Shaping in Riddles 53 and 73 'fruman agette / eall of earde': The Principle of Accountability in Riddle 83 'maegene binumen': The Failure of Human Mastery in the Wine and Mead Riddles 'swa ne wenath men': The Limits of Wisdom in Riddle 84 and the Storm Riddles Conclusion Bibliography


In these analyses combining eco-criticism and eco-theology, Dale makes an original and exciting new contribution to the field. * PARERGON *
Refreshing and original. * MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW *
A pioneering contribution that is worth taking into account. . . . [It] deserves a prominent place in the library of any scholar intending to do research on these texts. * MODERN PHILOLOGY *
Dale's ecocentric readings provide much food for thought and reveal the critic's discerning attentiveness to the rich and paradoxical qualities of the Old English poems themselves. * SPECULUM *
Makes a strong case for the place of 'green studies' in Old English literature. * TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT *

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