Textual Identities in Early Medieval England
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335 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

20 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Anglo-Saxon Studies

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

Textual Identities in Early Medieval England

Essays in Honour of Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe

Edited by Rebecca Stephenson, Jacqueline Fay and Renée R. Trilling

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New approaches to a range of Old English texts.
Throughout her career, Professor Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe has focused on the often-overlooked details of early medieval textual life, moving from the smallest punctum to a complete reframing of the humanities' biggest questions. In her hands, the traditional tools of medieval studies -- philology, paleography, and close reading - become a fulcrum to reveal the unspoken worldviews animating early medieval textual production. The essays collected here both honour and reflect her influence as a scholar and teacher. They cover Latin works, such as the writings of Prudentius and Bede, along with vernacular prose texts: the Pastoral Care, the OE Boethius, the law codes, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, and Ælfric's Lives of Saints. The Old English poetic corpus is also considered, with a focus on less-studied works, including Genesis and Fortunes of Men. This diverse array of texts provides a foundation for the volume's analysis of agency, identity, and subjectivity in early medieval England; united in their methodology, the articles in this collection all question received wisdom and challenge critical consensus on key issues of humanistic inquiry, among them affect and embodied cognition, sovereignty and power, and community formation.
Introduction
Jacqueline Fay, Rebecca Stephenson, and Renée R. Trilling
Part I: Affect and Embodied Cognition in Medieval Didactic Texts
1. Prudentius's Apotheosis and Hamartigenia in Early Medieval England
Leslie Lockett
2. Wonders Never Cease in the Old English Boethius
Nicole Guenther Discenza
3. The Desiring Mind: Embodying Affect in the Old English Pastoral Care
Jennifer A. Lorden
4. Adam and Eve's Hands and Eyes: Covering the Face in the Junius Manuscript
Benjamin A. Saltzman
5. Hawk Taming and Humanity in The Fortunes of Men
Stacy S. Klein
Part II: Sovereignty, Power, and English Textual Identities
6. A Taste for the Law: The Preface to Alfred's Law Code and Hannah Arendt's Reading of Kant
Emily V. Thornbury
7. The Bodies Politic: Conflict, Consent, and English Identity During Godwin's Exile
Jacob Hobson
8. Abraham Wheelock, Agent of Anglicanism, and the Deployment of Old English Texts in the 1643 Edition of Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People
Timothy Graham
Part III: Acts of Public Record in Making and Sustaining Communities
9. Writings Among the Ruins: The Peterborough Chronicle and the House Archive
Scott T. Smith
10. St. Rumwold and the Social Network of Belief
Miranda Wilcox
11. Holy Women on Display in Ælfric's Lives of Saints
Jonathan Davis-Secord
Overview of Career
Visible Mód: The Scholarship of Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe
Maura Nolan
The Writings of Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe
Bibliography
Index
Tabula Gratulatoria

Rebecca Stephenson is Associate Professor of Old and Middle English at University College Dublin.

Jacqueline Fay is Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Renée R. Trilling is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Program in Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Title Details

335 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

20 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Anglo-Saxon Studies

Imprint: D.S.Brewer