Latinity and Identity in Anglo-Saxon Literature

Edited by Rebecca Stephenson and Emily V. Thornbury

© 2016

For the Anglo-Saxons, Latin was a language of choice that revealed a multitude of beliefs and desires about themselves as subjects, believers, scholars, and artists. In this groundbreaking collection, ten leading scholars explore the intersections between identity and Latin language and literature in Anglo-Saxon England. Ranging from the works of the Venerable Bede and St Boniface in the eighth century to Osbern’s account of eleventh-century Canterbury, Latinity and Identity in Anglo-Saxon Literature offers new insights into the Anglo-Saxons’ ideas about literary form, monasticism, language, and national identity.

Latin prose, poetry, and musical styles are reconsidered, as is the relationship between Latin and Old English. Monastic identity, intertwined as it was with the learning of Latin and reformation of the self, is also an important theme. By offering fresh perspectives on texts both famous and neglected, Latinity and Identity will transform readers’ views of Anglo-Latin literature.

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  • Series: Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
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  • Page Count: 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.9in x 9.3in
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In this groundbreaking collection, ten leading scholars explore the intersections between identity and Latin language and literature in Anglo-Saxon England.

Latinity and Identity in Anglo-Saxon Literature

Edited by Rebecca Stephenson and Emily V. Thornbury

© 2016

For the Anglo-Saxons, Latin was a language of choice that revealed a multitude of beliefs and desires about themselves as subjects, believers, scholars, and artists. In this groundbreaking collection, ten leading scholars explore the intersections between identity and Latin language and literature in Anglo-Saxon England. Ranging from the works of the Venerable Bede and St Boniface in the eighth century to Osbern’s account of eleventh-century Canterbury, Latinity and Identity in Anglo-Saxon Literature offers new insights into the Anglo-Saxons’ ideas about literary form, monasticism, language, and national identity.

Latin prose, poetry, and musical styles are reconsidered, as is the relationship between Latin and Old English. Monastic identity, intertwined as it was with the learning of Latin and reformation of the self, is also an important theme. By offering fresh perspectives on texts both famous and neglected, Latinity and Identity will transform readers’ views of Anglo-Latin literature.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.9in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    "Latinity and Identity in Anglo-Saxon Literature collects together essays that push the discourse of Anglo-Latin literature beyond its customary boundaries. The editors have brought together a wide cross-section of specialists to ensure that every part of the period is covered. The great strength of all the essays, without exception, is that they start from, and crucially stay with, the primary sources."


    Rosalind Love, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, University of Cambridge
  • Author Information

    Rebecca Stephenson is a Lecturer in Old and Middle English at University College Dublin.


    Emily V. Thornbury is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Table of contents

    1. Introduction

     

    2. Boniface’s Epistolary Prose Style: The Letters to the English

    Michael Herren, York University

     

    3. Interpretatio Monastica: Biblical Commentary and the Forging of Monastic Identity in the Early Middle Ages

    Scott DeGregorio, University of Michigan, Dearborn

     

    4. Æthilwulf poeta

    Emily Thornbury, University of California, Berkeley

     

    5. The Old English Martyrology and Anglo-Saxon Glosses

    Christine Rauer, University of St. Andrews

     

    6. Sequences and Intellectual Identity at Winchester

    Jonathan Davis-Secord, University of New Mexico

     

    7. Saint Who? Building Monastic Identity through Computistical Inquiry in Byrhtferth’s Vita S. Ecgwini

    Rebecca Stephenson, University of Louisiana, Monroe
     

    8. Hebrew Words and English Identity in Educational Texts of Ælfric and Byrhtferth

    Damian Fleming, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne

     

    9. Oswald’s uersus retrogradi: A Forerunner of Post-Conquest Trends in Hexameter Composition

    Leslie Lockett, The Ohio State University

     

    10. German Imperial Bishops and Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture on the Eve of the Conquest: The Cambridge Songs and Leofric’s Exeter Book

    Elizabeth M. Tyler, University of York
     

    11. Writing Community: Osbern and the Negotiations of Identity in the Miracula S. Dunstani

    Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe, University of California, Berkeley

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