Judith Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


DeLacy, Paul. “Aspects of Christianisation and Cultural Adaptation in the Old English Judith.Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 97, no. 4 (1996): 393-410.

Discusses Judith as an example of Anglo-Saxon poetic practice with respect to the adaptation of religious works.

Foster, Thomas Gregory. Judith: Studies in Metre, Language and Style. Strassburg, Austria: Quellen und Forschungen, 1892, 103 p.

Important early study that attempts to date the fragment based on internal evidence.

Fry, Donald K. “Imagery and Point of View in Judith 200b-231.” English Language Notes V, no. 3 (March 1968): 157-59.

Comments on the shifting point of view and the motif of the Beasts of Battle in Judith.

———. “Type-Scene Composition in Judith.Annuale Mediaevale 12 (1972): 100-19.

Examines the type-scene of the “approach to battle” in Judith 199-216a.

Godfrey, Mary Flavia. “Beowulf and Judith: Thematizing Decapitation in Old English Poetry.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 35, no. 1 (spring 1993): 1-43.

Offers an explanation for the power of heads as literary and cultural symbols in Beowulf and Judith.

Griffith, Mark, ed. Judith. Exeter, Eng.: University of Exeter Press, 1997, 223 p.

Text of the poem with accompanying notes plus a critical introduction.

Lucas, Peter J. “The Place of Judith in the Beowulf- Manuscript.” Review of English Studies—New Series 41, no. 164 (1990): 463-78.

Analyzes codicological, linguistic, and literary evidence to solve the problem of the origins of Judith and its place in the Beowulf manuscript.

Magennis, Hugh. “Adaptation of Biblical Detail in the Old English Judith: The Feast Scene.” Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 84, no. 3 (1983): 331-37.

Discusses the adaptation in Judith of the feast scene from its biblical source.

———. “Contrasting Narrative Emphases in the Old English Poem Judith and Aelfric's Paraphrase of the Book of Judith.Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 97, no. 1 (1995): 61-6.

Views Judith and Aelfric's Homily on Judith as expressing significantly divergent concerns in their respective adaptations of the biblical story.

Nelson, Marie. “Judith: The Story of a Secular Saint.” Germanic Notes 21, nos. 1-2 (1990): 12-13.

Argues that the Judith of the Old English poem is a secular saint.

Philpot, Elizabeth. “Judith and Holofernes: Changing Images in the History of Art.” In Translating Religious Texts: Translation, Transgression, and Interpretation, edited by David Jasper, pp. 80-97. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1993.

Surveys the depiction of Judith and Holofernes in European art from the eighth century to the twentieth century.