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O'Donoghue, Heather

Overview
Works: 27 works in 154 publications in 1 language and 6,423 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Epic poetry  Prose poems  Narrative poetry  History  Sagas  Sources  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Creator
Classifications: PR1583, 829.3
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Heather O'Donoghue
Beowulf ; The fight at Finnsburh( )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 2,110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Beowulf is the longest and finest literary work to have come down to us from Anglo-Saxon times, and one of the world's great epic poems. Set in the half-legendary, half-historical Scandinavian past, it tells the story of the hero Beowulf, who comes to the aid of the old Danish king Hrothgar by wrestling with the terrifying, demonic monster Grendel, and then killing Grendel's infuriated and vengeful mother. A lifetime later, when his own kingdom, Geatland, is threatened by a fiery dragon, Beowulf engages in a third great fight." "The poem celebrates the virtues of the heroic life, and Beowulf and Hrothgar are beacons of courage, loyalty, and wisdom in a dark world of feuds, violence, and uncertainty. This acclaimed translation is complemented by a critical introduction and helpful supplementary material."--BOOK JACKET
English poetry and Old Norse myth : a history by Heather O'Donoghue( )

12 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book traces the influence of Old Norse myth - stories and poems about the familiar gods and goddesses of the pagan North - on poetry in English from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day. Special care is taken to determine the precise form in which these poets encountered the mythic material, so that the book traces a parallel history of the gradual dissemination of Old Norse mythic texts. Very many major poets were inspired by Old Norse myth. Some, for instance the Anglo-Saxon poet of Beowulf, or much later, Sir Walter Scott, used Old Norse mythic references to lend dramatic colour and apparent authenticity to their presentation of a distant Northern past. Others, like Thomas Gray, or Matthew Arnold, adapted Old Norse mythological poems and stories in ways which both responded to and helped to form the literary tastes of their own times. Still others, such as William Blake, or David Jones, reworked and incorporated celebrated elements of Norse myth - valkyries weaving the fates of men, or the great World Tree Yggdrasill on which Odin sacrificed himself - as personal symbols in their own poetry
From Asgard to Valhalla : the remarkable history of the Norse myths by Heather O'Donoghue( )

34 editions published between 2005 and 2019 in English and held by 1,123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From Asgard to Valhalla is the first book to show how and why the Norse myths have so powerfully resonated from era to era: from the Viking-age stories of ice and fire to the epic poetry of Beowulf: from the twilight of the gods in Wagner's Gotterdammerung to Marvel Comics' Mighty Thor; and from Neil Gaiman's American Gods to the cult appeal of Viking Metal. Heather O'Donoghue, who is an expert on Old Norse culture, shows in what ways the Norse myths have impacted on the western mind, across the fields of literature, art, music and politics. She considers the wider contexts of Norse mythology, including its origins, medieval expression and reception in post-medieval societies right up to the present, distinguishing the myths in their original form from a host of later accretions, distortions and transformations."--Jacket
Old Norse-Icelandic literature : a short introduction by Heather O'Donoghue( )

23 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 957 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From runic inscriptions to sagas, this book introduces readers to the colourful world of Old Norse-Icelandic literature.:.; An introduction to the colourful world of Old Norse-Icelandic literature.; Covers mythology and family sagas, as well as less well-known areas, such as oral story-telling, Eddaic verse and skaldic verse.; An introduction helps readers to appreciate the language and culture of the first settlers in Iceland.; Looks at the reception of Old-Norse-Icelandic literature over the ages, as views of the vikings have changed.; Shows how a whole range of authors from Shakespeare to S
Art and doctrine : essays on medieval literature by Rosemary Woolf( Book )

11 editions published between 1984 and 1987 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Skaldic verse and the poetics of saga narrative by Heather O'Donoghue( Book )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dialogue verses, with their illusion that saga characters break into verse at crucial points in the story, belong to the realm of fiction. This study, which focuses on historical writings such as Agrip and Heimskringla, and three of the major family sagas, Eyrbyggja saga, Gisla saga, and Grettis saga, shows that a close reading of the prosimetrum in the narrative can be used to chart the complex and delicate boundaries between history and fiction in the sagas."--Jacket
The genesis of a saga narrative : verse and prose in Kormaks saga by Heather O'Donoghue( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presentación del editor: The origins of many of the Icelandic sagas have long been the subject of critical speculation and controversy. This book demonstrates that an investigation of the relationship between verse and prose in saga narrative can be used to reconstruct how the sagas were composed. O'Donoghue provides a detailed analysis of Kormaks saga, revealing that far from being a seamless narrative of either pre-Christian oral tradition or later medieval fiction, the work is in fact a patchwork of different kinds of literary materials
Beowulf by Rosemary Sutcliff( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Anglo-Saxon epic of Beowulf retold for young readers
The Vikings in Cleveland( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Relations between verse and prose in some Icelandic sagas by Heather O'Donoghue( Book )

4 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beowulf ; Tthe fight at Finnsburh( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anglo-Scandinavian literature and the post-conquest period by Eleanor Catherine Parker( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The politics of performance in Viking age skaldic poetry by Annemari Ferreira( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Models of men : the construction and problematization of masculinities in the Íslendingasögur by Gareth Lloyd Evans( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Beowulf: The Fight at Finnsburh (Oxford world's classics) by Kevin Crossley-Holland( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Words for 'to speak' in Old English poetry and the uses poets make of them by Myriam Frenkel( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Old English medical collections in their literary context by Emily Kesling( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Skaldic Verse and the Poetics of Saga Narrative by Heather O'Donoghue( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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NARRATIVE IN THE ICELANDIC SAGAS : meanings of time in old norse literature by Heather O'Donoghue( Book )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Misinterpretation and the meaning of signs in Old English poetry by Hannah McKendrick Bailey( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Beowulf ; The fight at Finnsburh
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From Asgard to Valhalla : the remarkable history of the Norse mythsOld Norse-Icelandic literature : a short introductionArt and doctrine : essays on medieval literatureSkaldic verse and the poetics of saga narrativeThe genesis of a saga narrative : verse and prose in Kormaks sagaBeowulfBeowulf ; Tthe fight at Finnsburh
Alternative Names
Donoghue, Heather O'

Heather O'Donoghue académica británica

Heather O'Donoghue British academic

Languages
English (145)