Scribal Authorship And The Writing Of History In Medieval England

Author: Matthew Fisher
Publisher: Buster Books
ISBN: 9780814211984
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Scribal Authorship And The Writing Of History In Medieval England. Based on new readings of some of the least-read texts by some of the best-known scribes of later medieval England, Scribal Authorship and the Writing of History in Medieval England reconceptualizes medieval scribes as authors, and the texts surviving in medieval manuscripts as authored. Culling evidence from history writing in later medieval England, Matthew Fisher concludes that we must reject the axiomatic division between scribe and author. Using the peculiarities of authority and intertextuality unique to medieval historiography, Fisher exposes the rich ambiguities of what it means for medieval scribes to “write” books. He thus frames the composition, transmission, and reception—indeed, the authorship—of some medieval texts as scribal phenomena. History writing is an inherently intertextual genre: in order to write about the past, texts must draw upon other texts. Scribal Authorship demonstrates that medieval historiography relies upon quotation, translation, and adaptation in such a way that the very idea that there is some line that divides author from scribe is an unsustainable and modern critical imposition. Given the reality that a scribe's work was far more nuanced than the simplistic binary of error and accuracy would suggest, Fisher completely overturns many of our assumptions about the processes through which manuscripts were assembled and texts (both canonical literature and the less obviously literary) were composed.

Scribal Correction And Literary Craft

Author: Daniel Wakelin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316062120
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Scribal Correction And Literary Craft. This extensive survey of scribal correction in English manuscripts explores what correcting reveals about attitudes to books, language and literature in late medieval England. Daniel Wakelin surveys a range of manuscripts and genres, but focuses especially on poems by Chaucer, Hoccleve and Lydgate, and on prose works such as chronicles, religious instruction and practical lore. His materials are the variants and corrections found in manuscripts, phenomena usually studied only by editors or palaeographers, but his method is the close reading and interpretation typical of literary criticism. From the corrections emerge often overlooked aspects of English literary thinking in the late Middle Ages: scribes, readers and authors seek, though often fail to achieve, invariant copying, orderly spelling, precise diction, regular verse and textual completeness. Correcting reveals their impressive attention to scribal and literary craft – its rigour, subtlety, formalism and imaginativeness – in an age with little other literary criticism in English.

Modes Of Authorship In The Middle Ages

Author: Ingvil Brügger Budal
Publisher: Pontifical Inst of Medieval studies
ISBN: 9780888448224
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Modes Of Authorship In The Middle Ages. A collection of articles that build on papers originally presented at the conference "Tradition and the Individual Talent: Modes of Authorship in the Middle Ages" organized by the University of Bergen, Centre for Medieval Studies, Nov. 17-19, 2008.

Fourteenth Century England Ix

Author: James Bothwell
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
ISBN: 1783271221
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Fourteenth Century England Ix. Articles showcasing the fruits of the most recent scholarship in the field of fourteenth-century studies.

The Prose Brut And Other Late Medieval Chronicles

Author: Jaclyn Rajsic
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
ISBN: 1903153662
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The Prose Brut And Other Late Medieval Chronicles. Essays on the medieval chronicle tradition, shedding light on history writing, manuscript studies and the history of the book, and the post-medieval reception of such texts.

The Auchinleck Manuscript New Perspectives

Author: Susanna Fein
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
ISBN: 1903153654
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The Auchinleck Manuscript New Perspectives. Fresh examinations of the manuscript which is one of the chief compendiums of literature in the Middle English period.

Lyric Tactics

Author: Ingrid Nelson
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812248791
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Lyric Tactics. In Lyric Tactics, Ingrid Nelson argues that the lyric poetry of later medieval England is a distinct genre defined not by its poetic features—rhyme, meter, and stanza forms—but by its modes of writing and performance, which are ad hoc, improvisatory, and situational.