By Robert D. Fulk, Christopher M. Cain
This well timed creation to outdated English literature specializes in the creation and reception of previous English texts, and on their relation to Anglo-Saxon historical past and tradition.
• Introduces outdated English texts and considers their relation to Anglo-Saxon tradition.
• Responds to renewed emphasis on historic and cultural contexts within the box of medieval reports.
• Treats almost the full diversity of textual forms preserved in previous English.
• Considers the construction, reception and makes use of of outdated English texts.
• Integrates the Anglo-Latin backgrounds an important to knowing outdated English literature.
• deals very huge bibliographical suggestions.
• Demonstrates that Anglo-Saxon reports is uniquely positioned to give a contribution to present literary debates.
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Yet many Old English poems are apparently literate productions, translated from Latin, and formulas are scattered as densely in these as in poems without Latin sources (see Benson 1966, and, on the varieties of oral modes of composition, Amodio 2004). It has thus proved more productive to think of orality and literacy in relative terms. Of course, no surviving Old English text is genuinely oral, but to a greater or lesser degree all preserve features of oral style that set them apart from genuinely literate productions.
1023), archbishop of York and bishop of Worcester; and Byrhtferth (fl. ca. 993–ca. 1016), a Benedictine monk of Ramsey. 31 Not surprisingly, given his background and his patronage, his writings are devoted to the instruction of both lay persons and monks. Thus, although among his Latin writings he did compose, in addition to a pedagogically oriented Colloquy (chapter 9, section 2), two saints’ lives, of Ss. 32 His much larger body of works in Old English is similarly popular in design – for example his Introduction 25 homilies, which are generally translations of Latin texts with clarifying commentary for the unlearned, undertaken, he tells us in the preface to the first series (ed.
Beginning in the latter half of the tenth century we see an explosive growth in book production that is responsible for the existence of all but a minuscule fraction of surviving Anglo-Saxon manuscripts. 30 Most important, though, the reimposition of monastic discipline spurred a renewal of literary production. 989–ca. 1010), abbot of Eynsham; Wulfstan (d. 1023), archbishop of York and bishop of Worcester; and Byrhtferth (fl. ca. 993–ca. 1016), a Benedictine monk of Ramsey. 31 Not surprisingly, given his background and his patronage, his writings are devoted to the instruction of both lay persons and monks.