The Anonymous Old English Homily: Sources, Composition, and Variation


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The Anonymous Old English Homily: Sources, Composition, and Variation offers important essays on the origins, textual transmission, and (re)use of early English preaching texts between the ninth and the late twelfth centuries. Associated with the Electronic Corpus of Anonymous Homilies in Old English project, these studies provide fresh insights into one of the most complex textual genres of early medieval literature. Contributions deal with the definition of the anonymous homiletic corpus in Old English, the history of scholarship on its Latin sources, and the important unedited Pembroke and Angers Latin homiliaries. They also include new source and manuscript identifications, and in-depth studies of a number of popular Old English homilies, their themes, revisions, and textual relations.

Contributors are: Aidan Conti, Robert Getz, Thomas N. Hall, Susan Irvine, Esther Lemmerz, Stephen Pelle, Thijs Porck, Winfried Rudolf, Donald G. Scragg, Robert K. Upchurch, Jonathan Wilcox, Charles D. Wright, Samantha Zacher.

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Winfried Rudolf, Ph.D. (2005), Jena University, is Professor of Medieval English Studies at Göttingen University. He has published widely on Old English homilies and their Latin sources and is principal investigator of the Electronic Corpus of Anonymous Homilies in Old English project.
Susan Irvine, DPhil (1987), Oxford University, has been Quain Professor of English Language and Literature at University College London since 2013. She has published widely on Old English poetry and prose, including editions of homilies and of the Old English Boethius.
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1 Introduction
Winfried Rudolf and Susan Irvine

2 The Corpus of Old English Anonymous Homilies
Donald G. Scragg

3 Sourcing Old English Anonymous Homilies: The Pioneers (Max Förster, Rudolph Willard, and J. E. Cross)
Charles D. Wright

4 The Sources of the Pembroke 25 Homiliary
Thomas N. Hall

5 New Manuscript Witnesses to the Homiliary of Angers
Aidan Conti, Stephen Pelle, and Winfried Rudolf

6 The Lenten Tithe of Days: An Old English Theme and Its Treatment and Sources in Three Anonymous Homilies (Irvine V, Napier LV, and Blickling III)
Robert Getz

7 A New Analogue for Some Exegetical Motifs in Assmann Homily XIII
Esther Lemmerz

8 The Sources and Composition of Two Old English Sunday Letter Homilies
Stephen Pelle

9 Columbanus’s De mundi transitu in Early Medieval England: A New Source for an Old English Homily (Irvine VII) in Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodley 343
Thijs Porck

10 Jews and Judaizing as Pathologies in the Anglo-Saxon Imagination: Toward a Theory of Early Somatic Anti-Judaism
Samantha Zacher

11 The Pains and Pleasures of Vercelli Homily IX and the Delights of Textual Transmission
Jonathan Wilcox

12 The Resonances and Roles of Vercelli Homily X in Multiple Manuscripts
Robert K. Upchurch

All interested in early European preaching and early English preaching in particular, including scholars of medieval Latin and vernacular literatures, textual criticism and editing, language, theology and the liturgy, palaeography, and history.
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