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Christophe Guignard

nevertheless remained unnoticed by the scholars, all of this is hardly believable. Yet this is the true story of a Greek palimpsest fragment with portions of John’s Gospel in four folios of the Syrus Sinaiticus , kept in St. Catherine’s monastery on Mount Sinai. I shared this little (re)discovery with

Harlfinger, Dieter

[German Version] The term palimpsest (Lat. palimpsestus from Gk pálin psáō, “rub smooth again”), first attested in the works of Cicero and Catullus, denotes a reused manuscript (Lat. codex rescriptus). The original text on parchment, the scarce and expensive standard writing material of the Middle

The African Palimpsest

Indigenization of Language in the West African Europhone Novel. Second Enlarged Edition


Chantal Zabus

Uniting a sense of the political dimensions of language appropriation with a serious, yet accessible linguistic terminology, The African Palimpsest examines the strategies of ‘indigenization’ whereby West African writers have made their literary English or French distinctively ‘African’. Through the apt metaphor of the palimpsest – a surface that has been written on, written over, partially erased and written over again – the book examines such well-known West African writers as Achebe, Armah, Ekwensi, Kourouma, Okara, Saro–Wiwa, Soyinka and Tutuola as well as lesser-known writers from francophone and anglophone Africa. Providing a great variety of case-studies in Nigerian Pidgin, Akan, Igbo, Maninka, Yoruba, Wolof and other African languages, the book also clarifies the vital interface between Europhone African writing and the new outlets for African artistic expression in (auto-)translation, broadcast television, radio and film.

Jost Gippert and Wolfgang Schulze

München A b s t r a c t The so-called Caucasian Albanian Palimpsest kept in St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mt. Sinai for the first time allows to draw a comprehensive picture of one of the lan- guages (probably the state language) of the third medieval Christian kingdom in Transcaucasia, namely (Caucasian


Sam Meekings

particular as a trigger. In a number of literary texts, place functions as a palimpsest in which different ‘layers’ of time co-existed and might, therefore, be accessed at any particular moment. In other words, certain places are haunted: they are employed in writing as vessels which contain and reveal the


Glenn W. Fetzer

The richness and diversity of poetic voices in France since the mid-twentieth century sharpen the challenge of charting the poetic landscape in ways that are accessible and cohesive. Since poetry in France has long demonstrated a predisposition to philosophical questions. Palimpsests of the Real in Recent French Poetry reads the work of six poets through the lens of the Pre-Socratics. The poets discussed range from the well-known – Jacques Dupin, André du Bouchet, Eugène Guillevic – to the lesser celebrated – Jean-Louis Chrétien, Céline Zins, and Emmanuel Hocquard. What binds these six together is an interest in the real, and a fascination with the ways of sensing one’s world, of experiencing time, unity, memory, and change. For each poet, the aesthetic character of the work takes precedence, and its presentation is informed by the philosophical groundwork laid by ancient thinkers.
Written not only for specialists but also for students and all readers with a general interest in literature and poetry, this book provides introductory material to each poet considered as well as offers critical readings that never stray far from the poetic texts.

Behnam Sadeghi and Uwe Bergmann

Prophetic prototype. Keywords Qur ʾ ān, Prophet Muh ̣ ammad, ʿ Ut ̱ mān, Ibn Mas ʿ ūd, Islamic origins, palimpsest 1 We would like to thank the owner of the Stanford ’07 folio for making it available and for submitting a sample for radiocarbon dating, Bryce Cronkite-Ratcliff for help with image trac- ing


Jack Tannous

Bible in Arabic in a social and cultural context. 5 In this brief study, I will offer some observations on one particular New Finds manuscript from St. Catherine’s: Sinai Greek New Finds Majuscule 2, or MG  2 (Gregory-Aland 0278). MG  2 is a palimpsest and a bilingual Greco-Arabic manuscript

Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg)