The Text and Tradition of Layamon's Brut

The Text and Tradition of Layamon's Brut

Edited by Francoise Le Saux

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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

Essays reflecting the present state of Layamon studies, identifying problems and outlining current directions in research.
This volume investigates the problems with which the contemporary reader of Layamon's Brut is faced: To what extent is the archaic feel of the Brut part of a deliberate aesthetic strategy of Layamon's? For what sort of audience could it have been written? How can one define its relation to older or more recent texts and traditions? What ideological stance (if any) is to be deduced from the work?
The seventeen articles in this book tackle the different issues from a variety of fields: codicology and palaeography; Linguistics, stylists and syntax; the socio-political dimension of the work and its possible audience; the tradition upon which Layamon was drawing, and his contribution to later writers; literary theory and more general issues such as gender and spatial symbolism in the Brut. A number of essays present a synthesis of points of view, specifically intended to provide students with a yardstick against which to measure the more controversial articlesin the volume.

Contributors: MARIE-FRANÇOISE ALAMICHEL, ROSAMUND ALLEN, STEPHEN K. BREHE, BETH BRYAN, ARTHUR WAYNE GLOWKA, MARSHAL S. GRANT, DOUGLAS MOFFAT, YOKO IYEIRI, LESLEY JOHNSON, FRANÇOICE LE SAUX, JAMES I. McNELIS III, JAMES NOBLE, HERBERT PILCH, JANE ROBERTS, ERIC G. STANLEY, CAROLE WEINBERG, KELLEY M. WICKHAM-CROWLEY, NEIL WRIGHT

Dr FRANCOISE LE SAUX lectures in Medieval English language and literature at the University of Lausanne.

Details

November 1994
2 black and white, 1 line illustrations
284 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Arthurian Studies
ISBN: 9780859914123
Format: Hardback
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSBB
BISAC LCO003000
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Table of Contents

A Preliminary Note on British Library, Cotton MS Caligula A.ix - Jane Roberts
Lazamon's Archaic Use of the Verbal Prefix To- - Marshal Grant and Douglas Moffat
Negation in the Brut - Yoko Iyeiri
Lazamon's un-Anglo-Saxon Syntax - Alicia Black, Editorial Assistant
The Poetics of Lazamon's Brut - A W Glowka
Lazamon as Auctor - Steven K Brehe
The Two Manuscripts of Lazamon's Brut: Some Readers in the Margins - Elizabeth J Bryan
The Latin Marginal Glosses in the Caligula Manuscript of Lazamon's Brut - Carole Weinberg
The Implied Audience of Lazamon's Brut - Rosamund S Allen
Reading the Past in Lazamon's Brut - Lesley Johnson
Angles and Saxons in Lazamon's Brut: A Reassessment - Neil Wright NO LONGER AT THIS ADDRS
Lazamon's `Ambivalence' Reconsidered - James Noble
Space in the Brut or Lazamon's Vision of the World - Marie-Francoise Alamichel
Paradigms of Evil: Gender and Crime in Lazamon's Brut - Francoise H M Le Saux
Lazamon's Narrative Innovations and Bakhtin's Theories - Kelley M Wickham-Crowley
Two Breton Analogues of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - a Model Case for Lazamon's Relation to British Storytelling - Herbert Pilch
Lazamon as Auctor - James I McNelis

Reviews

The essays span a wide and representative array of critical issues beginning with manuscript studies and proceeding through language, prosody, early reception, modern reception, and critical interpretation, with some source study along the way. JOURNAL OF ENGLISH AND GERMANIC PHILOLOGY
A welcome contribution to studies of Layamon. ANGLIA

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