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Old English Literature in its Manuscript Context

Joyce Tally Lionarons

Publication Year: 2004

In Old English Literature in its Manuscript Context, editor Joyce Tally Lionarons has developed a multifaceted collection examining the issues facing the textual transmission of Anglo-Saxon writings. Eight established scholars consider the ideas of textual identity, authorship and translation, and editorial standards and obligations. This work also features a scholarly exchange of ideas and photographs of the original Anglo-Saxon manuscripts, making this essential reading for anyone interested in the history of Old English literature. The essays published in this text were originally composed at an NEH summer seminar conducted by Paul Szarmach and Timothy Graham at the Parker Library of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1997.

Published by: West Virginia University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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pp. v-

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FOREWORD

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pp. vii-viii

... on "Old English Literature in its Manuscript Context," which we directed at the Parker Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The Richard Rawlinson Center for Anglo-Saxon Studies and Manuscript Research at the Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University, provided administrative support and structure for the project. As Joyce Lionarons indicates in her introduction, the seminar took its ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-10

... university professors gathered to study "Old English Literature in Its Manuscript Context" at the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, under the aegis of a National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored seminar directed by Paul E. Szarmach and Timothy Graham. Although most of us regarded the study of Old ...

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Nostalgia and the Rhetoric of Lack:The Missing Exemplar for Corpus Christi College,Cambridge, Manuscript 41

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pp. 11-36

... of translation, quoted above from the Latin version of the text. While the HE is not verse, one move a reader of the Old English Bede could make would be to accept its differences from the Latin text as the marks and limits of translation. The problem remains, however, that the Old English Bede as we know it does not exist in its material contexts. Rather, we have five manuscripts that differ to varying ...

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Anglo-Saxon Orthodoxy

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pp. 37-66

Academic interest first centered on the main text, an early eleventh-century copy of the Old English Bede. 1 Was the translation of the Historia ecclesiastica Alfred's work, part of his program of rendering into English "books most necessary for all men to know"?2 Then there is the enigma of the material crammed into the margins by a slightly later hand: liturgical texts, a martyrology, the poetic Solomon ...

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Textual Appropriation and Scribal(Re) Performance in a Composite Homily: The Case for a New Edition of Wulfstan's De Temporibus Anticristi

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pp. 67-94

... arrangement of words shaped by an individual writer and reflecting that writer's authorship, is taken for granted in most contemporary scholarship. In recent years, however, the applicability of the idea of the text to medieval literary works has been challenged by scholars studying the manuscript culture of the Middle Ages. Medievalists have argued convincingly that it was only "the development of printing ...

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Multilingual Glosses, Bilingual Text:English, Anglo-Norman, and Latin in Three Manuscripts of

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pp. 95-120

... Tony Hunt prints the Anglo-Norman glosses that appear in three manuscripts of

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Three Tables of Contents,One Old English Homiliary in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 178

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pp. 121-138

In order to find their separate ways around this collection, three early users of the manuscript each provided a table of contents. The first table is written (between two "books" of homilies) by the late Old English scribe; the second is added by the remarkable early Middle English student of Old English texts, the "tremulous Worcester ...

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The Boundaries Between Verse and Prose in Old English Literature

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pp. 139-172

... Old English poetic corpus, discussing editorial concerns that range from titles and textual boundaries to issues of layout and editorial emendation. 1 But nowhere does Scragg address the possibility that the list of works making up the poetic corpus might need to be revised. This seems to be a tacit assertion that the boundaries of the corpus are secure, that the principles of exclusion and inclusion employed ...

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Glastonbury and the Early History of the Exeter Book

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pp. 173-216

... he found there, as he was to tell Pope Leo, a simple village inappropriate for a bishopric, in an area, as he was to tell King Edward, vulnerable to pirate attacks. Four years later, papal and royal authorization in hand, Leofric moved the episcopal see some ten miles south to Exeter, home of the ancient but greatly deteriorated monastery of St. ...

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Parker's Purposes for His Manuscripts:Matthew Parker in the Context of his Early Career and Sixteenth-Century Church Reform

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pp. 217-241

... during the reign of Elizabeth I, has also attracted scholarly attention for his outstanding collection of medieval manuscripts, now preserved chiefly in the Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Scholars generally agree that by assembling the priceless volumes during the 1560s and 1570s, he rescued them from neglect and possible ruin following the dispersal of the monastic libraries.1 ...

Index of Manuscripts

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pp. 242-245

General Index

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pp. 246-254


E-ISBN-13: 9781935978381
E-ISBN-10: 1935978381
Print-ISBN-13: 9780937058831
Print-ISBN-10: 0937058831

Page Count: 254
Publication Year: 2004

Series Title: Medieval European Studies
Series Editor Byline: Patrick Conner