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The New Middle Ages

Palimpsests and the Literary Imagination of Medieval England

Collected Essays

Authors: Silec, Tatjana, Chai-Elsholz, R., Carruthers, L.

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Witnesses to the disappearance of a text, palimpsest manuscripts bear the marks of their own genesis, with their original inscription rubbed out and written over on the same parchment. This collection explores analogies of erasure and rewriting observed in editorial and literary practices underlying the production of texts from medieval England.

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RAELEEN CHAI-ELSHOLZ An independent scholar and technical translator, Chai-Elsholz recently contributed several entries for the Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages.
 
TATJANA SILEC Assistant Professor at the Sorbonne, France.
 
LEO CARRUTHERS Professor of English at the Sorbonne, France. He is the President of the French Association for Medieval English Studies. 

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"Given the quality and freshness of these individual essays, it would be churlish to object that the connecting theme of the palimpsest occassionally seems less than integral to the contributions of a few of the articles. In fact, Palimpsests and the Literary Imagination of Medieval England stands as a very worthy tribute to an eminent scholar of early medieval literature." - Speculum

"These eleven original essays scrutinize the subject of the palimpsest, both literal and metaphorical, from a series of different angles and generate a rich and thought-provoking array of examples of different types of recycling and layering in verbal and visual texts from the Old English period to the present, from early medieval manuscripts to contemporary film. The range and depth of treatments of the palimpsest as both a concrete and a conceptual phenomenon are exemplary." - Laura Kendrick, Professor of Medieval Studies, Université de Versailles

"Altogether a fine tribute to, and celebration of, the life and work of a great scholar, André Crépin, on his eightieth birthday. 'Palimpsest' is given a broad definition in this collection of essays to cover both the material and the literary, that is, any alteration, abridgement, or translation of earlier texts. The contributions range from a discussion of palimpsests in manuscripts such as Beowulf, on wax tablets and vernacular engravings in the late medieval period, and how new digital technology can enhance our knowledge of palimpsests, to a broader interpretation of the word to cover the retelling, adaptation, or translation of earlier works in particular in the romance tradition, culminating in modern film adaptation of medieval literary works." - Graham Caie, Vice Principal, University of Glasgow

"Covering palimpsests both literal and literary, and ranging in subject matter from Beowulf to John Boorman's Excalibur via Bede, the matière de Bretagne, Chaucer, and more, the contributions to this volume honor André Crépin with a sparkling series of investigations into the materiality, the composition, and the transmission of Old and Middle English texts." - Timothy Graham, Associate Professor, University of New Mexico


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: Palimpsests and “Palimpsestuous” Reinscriptions

    Chai-Elsholz, Raeleen

    Pages 1-17

  • An Anglo-Saxon Palimpsest From Fleury: Orléans, Bibliothèque Municipale Ms 342 (290)

    Papahagi, Adrian

    Pages 21-33

  • Recovering Anglo-Saxon Erasures: Some Questions, Tools, and Techniques

    Stokes, Peter A.

    Pages 35-60

  • Some Psalter Glosses in Their Immediate Context

    Roberts, Jane

    Pages 61-79

  • The Palimpsest and Old English Homiletic Composition

    Szarmach, Paul E.

    Pages 81-94

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Palimpsests and the Literary Imagination of Medieval England
Book Subtitle
Collected Essays
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-11880-5
DOI
10.1057/9780230118805
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-10026-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-28644-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 267
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