Latinity and Identity in Anglo-Saxon Literature

Latinity and Identity in Anglo-Saxon Literature

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Edited by Rebecca Stephenson and Emily V. Thornbury
Toronto Anglo-Saxon Series
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2016
World Rights
264 Pages
ISBN 9781442637580
Published Aug 2016
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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.

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.

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

"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