A Night at the Movies by Robert Coover

By Robert Coover

Previews, coming points of interest, horror, romance, secret, even intermissions--you identify the kind of motion picture and there's a fiction inside of this assortment to hide it--all written with the exuberance you've come to count on in Robert Coover's writing.

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49 But Heywood, with his misspelt, sex-changed divinity, makes no mention of this. 50 These two items, along with a brief reference to Olaus Magnus, are the sum total of Heywood’s Norse allusions. As well as spending some time in London, Ole Worm was in correspondence with English antiquarians, among them Sir Henry Spelman.  36–7.  328) also cites a possible analogue to the story of Thor’s fishing expedition in Davenant’s Britannia Triumphans, in which a “giant vile” fishes with an enormous rod and line.

II, pp. 327–55 (329). 21 In summary, Elizabethan scholars could have described the Germanic tribes as noble and blessed with constitutional liberty, and defended the belief that the English were descended from them. These Germanic peoples were identified as Goths, but the link between the Scandinavian Odin and the Saxon Woden was still little more than a note in the margin. 22 And rhyme, whether approved of or not, was seen as having come into English poetry as a result of the barbarian invasions.

437–66 (442).  452.  14. 44 Grímnismál st. 37, in Dronke, The Poetic Edda, vol.  113–24 (121). 39 40 38 English Poetry and Old Norse Myth: A History pocket. 45 If these allusions do indeed relate to Old Norse sources, how Browne and Shirley came across them is unexplained. 46 A Norse reference in Thomas Heywood’s Gunaikeion (‘The Generall History of Women’, first published in 1624) is more typical of the confused and confusing knowledge of Norse matters in the period. 47 Since the entry comes between “Flora” and “Fuvina” we can assume that “Tro” is a misprint for “Fro”.

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