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Text, Image, Interpretation:
Studies in Anglo-Saxon Literature and its Insular Context in Honour of Éamonn Ó Carragáin

A. Minnis, J. Roberts (eds.)
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XXIV+574 p., 51 b/w ill. + 18 colour ill., 1 b/w line art, 160 x 240 mm, 2007
ISBN: 978-2-503-51819-0
Languages: English
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Online content: http://dx.doi.org/10.1484/M.SEM-EB.6.09070802050003050108010900

This interdisciplinary volume draws together insights from fields as diverse as archaeology, art history, and liturgy to reflect on the literature and material culture of the Anglo-Saxons.

"The editors have done an excellent job in bringing these varied essays together into a fine volume of many facets that reflects the wide interests of the honorand. It is handsomely produced and excellent high-quality illustrations illuminate the detailed discussions. The diverse and high-profile list of contributors ensures that anyone interested in Anglo-Saxon culture and its larger Insular contexts will find much of interest here."    (Colin Ireland, in Petitia 21, 2010, p. 340)

In emulation of Professor Éamonn Ó Carragáin, who has, over the last few decades, demonstrated how words and images together join in that extraordinary cultural achievement which is the Ruthwell Cross, the volume seeks to transcend the established methods of the single discipline. The twenty-six essays draw together insights from fields as diverse as archaeology, art history, and liturgy to reflect on the literature and material culture of the Anglo-Saxons. The first section looks outwards from the insular context, to medieval Rome, more generally to western Europe, and backwards to the world-geography of the ancient world; its illustrations include colour plates to illumine the hangings, clothing and vestments extant from Anglo-Saxon England. A range of texts is considered in the central section, Latin, English, and Old Norse. The third section focuses on sculpture, buildings and the insular landscape, juxtaposing the sculptured stonework of Northern Britain with early Christian monuments and remains from Ireland; among the illustrations are striking coloured photographs of Irish ecclesiastical sites. The contributors are from Canada, the United States, Italy, Britain, and Ireland.

Interest Classification:
Book History, Manuscript Studies & Palaeography
Objects of writing & related topics
Medieval & Modern (Indo-European) Languages & Literatures
English language & literature
Old English language & literature
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Art History (general)
Medieval art history
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
British Isles

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