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从语言到思想:英语文学中时间观念探究

日期:2015-2-5作者:www.51lunwen.com编辑:chenhu点击次数:104
销售价格:400元论文编号:lw201502021602136364论文字数:226410 
论文属性:博士毕业论文论文地区:中国论文语种:English 

Chapter 1 Introduction

This dissertation aims to study the concepts of time in Old English literature through aseries of analyses of time words, metaphors, styles, and narrative modes in variousOld English texts.^ The two key terms in the title, namely "Old English literature"and "concepts of time”,have defined the scope of the present dissertation. Studyingthe concepts of time in any culture or civilization is no small task, yet for the conceptsof time in Old English literature, the task is even more challenging. This challenge ispartly due to the conceptual ambiguity in defining "Old English literature". It isnecessary, before proceeding to the main business, for me to specify the contextswhere I use them. First, I use tiie term "literature" to include all manner of poetry andprose. It is very difficult to distinguish literature from non-literature in theAnglo-Saxon context since the notion of literature is a modem convention. The Old English texts to be discussed include Beowulf, HE, Chronicle, Dream^ etc. I use "OldEnglish literature" as a convenient category to cover different genres of Old Englishwritings. Then,with “Old English literature”,I emphasise the conversion context inAnglo-Saxon England. According to Bede's account in HE, in AD 592,the Romanpope Gregory sent Augustine to England who began to bodian Godes wordOngolpeode (“preach the God's words to the Angles”),The conversion of theAnglo-Saxons is an essential context for the production and authorship of Old Englishliterature.5 Lastly, with "concepts of time", I stress the complexity of time in theAnglo-Saxon context. Time is a complex concept with many layers of meanings. Inthis dissertation, I only attempt to cover some aspects rather than all aspects of thecomplex meanings associated with time.The issue of time has received only limited treatment from studies that usuallyfocus on other topics. In the three major bibliographical tools of Anglo-Saxon studies-A Bibliography of Publications on Old English Literature to the End of 1972, theASE Bibliography, and the OEN Bibliography, time is only a sporadic topic,In thesection “Special Vocabulary and Semantic Field Studies’’ of A Bibliography ofPublications on Old English Literature to the End of 1912, only one entry is related totime/ The OEH Bibliography records 59 relevant entries from 1973 to 2006.8 The 83 entries ranging from 1971 to 2009 recorded in the ASE Bibliography overlap withthose in the OEN Bibliography,Considering the total number of literature available,the number of entries relevant to time only occupies a small percentage in theAnglo-Saxon scholarship.Though it has not received explicit critical attention in the previous Anglo-Saxonscholarship,the issue of time has a long critical tradition which could be dated back to1895 when Frederick Tupper published his dissertation "Anglo-Saxon Daeg-mael."^?In the dissertation, he discussed "the Anglo-Saxon day and the method of determiningits divisions,,,and exami


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