publishes first book
(June 26, 2002) - Dr. Alexander Bruce, English professor and Assistant
Dean of Academic Affairs at Florida Southern College, has written
his first book, "Scyld and Scef: Expanding the Analogues."
The book is published by Routledge and is available from Amazon
Books and Barnes & Noble, or through the publisher.
The book explores
two figures that appear in "Beowulf" and other early Germanic
literature. The publisher states that "Scyld and Scef: Expanding
the Analogues" gives "a fuller appreciation of not just
'Beowulf' but of the entire medieval Germanic world." Bruce
offers commentary on all forty-three references to these figures,
translating sources from across Western Europe, including works
in medieval Latin, Anglo-Saxon, and Old Norse.
The two figures
are never the focus of any story, said Bruce, but more like sideline
players, always there. "They were important to those cultures,
and thus by knowing more about the two figures, we know something
more about the cultures that wrote of them," he said.
FSC in 1998 and teaches medieval English literature. He is currently
working on a second book, "The Folklore of Florida Southern
College," which he hopes to finish this summer.
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.