Session Title

CLASP I: A Consolidated Library of Anglo-Saxon Poetry: Reading Practice in Old English Verse

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Consolidated Library of Anglo-Saxon Poetry (CLASP)

Organizer Name

Rachel A. Burns

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Oxford

Presider Name

Colleen M. Curran

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Oxford

Paper Title 1

The Reading Eye of the Vercelli Scribe

Presenter 1 Name

Daniel Donoghue

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Harvard Univ.

Paper Title 2

Liquid Architecture in the Exeter Book: Adaptable Spaces for Its Readers

Presenter 2 Name

Samantha Zacher

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Cornell Univ.

Paper Title 3

The Final Frontier: An Analysis of Inter-Word Space in Old English Verse

Presenter 3 Name

Rachel A. Burns

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Oxford

Start Date

8-5-2020 3:30 PM

Description

The papers of this panel address aspects of reading practice relating to Old English verse in situ on the manuscript page, focusing primarily on texts of the Exeter Book and the Vercelli Book. The session will consider the ‘architecture’ of the page, both in symbolic terms and at the level of lexical, formulaic and metrical construction. The shaping of architectural spaces within poetic texts, and the shaping of poetic texts within the space of the page, will be explored through analyses of scribal composition and readerly engagement. Examination of the cognitive and physiological processes of reading and writing will inform new ways of interpreting the written page.

CLASP is an ERC-funded project producing a comprehensive digital library of all surviving verse from Anglo-Saxon England in Latin and Old English. Rachel Burns

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May 8th, 3:30 PM

CLASP I: A Consolidated Library of Anglo-Saxon Poetry: Reading Practice in Old English Verse

The papers of this panel address aspects of reading practice relating to Old English verse in situ on the manuscript page, focusing primarily on texts of the Exeter Book and the Vercelli Book. The session will consider the ‘architecture’ of the page, both in symbolic terms and at the level of lexical, formulaic and metrical construction. The shaping of architectural spaces within poetic texts, and the shaping of poetic texts within the space of the page, will be explored through analyses of scribal composition and readerly engagement. Examination of the cognitive and physiological processes of reading and writing will inform new ways of interpreting the written page.

CLASP is an ERC-funded project producing a comprehensive digital library of all surviving verse from Anglo-Saxon England in Latin and Old English. Rachel Burns