Visible Song by Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe
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Visible Song
By Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe

Visible Song

Transitional Literacy in Old English Verse

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Visible Song by Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe

Book Description

For many years there has been lively debate about the 'orality' or 'literacy' of Old English verse: about whether the Old English verse which has come down to us is primarily the product of oral composition or primarily written, insofar as it is transmitted only in manuscript. The present book throws light on this question by drawing our attention to a largely unexplored body of evidence, namely the graphic realization of Old English verse in the surviving manuscripts - how it is set out spatially, how it is marked up for reading with punctuation of various kinds. Professor O'Keeffe shows that by the late tenth century scribes had apparently ceased to alter the poems which they were transcribing by recourse to residual orality, and had begun to copy verbatim the poetic text before them. The entire orality-literacy debate has been lifted on to a new plane; the book makes a major contribution to our understanding of the way Old English verse has come down to us.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521375504
ISBN-10: 0521375509
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 228
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Nov-1990
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe

Visible Song by Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe Visible Song, Paperback (December 2006)

This book throws light on the debate about the 'orality' or 'literacy' of Old English verse.

Reading Old English Texts by Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe Reading Old English Texts, Hardback (August 1997)

This 1997 book focuses on the critical methods being used and developed for reading and analysing writings in Old English.

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