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Epistolary acts : Anglo-Saxon letters and early English media

Author: Jordan Zweck
Publisher: Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: Toronto Anglo-Saxon series, 29.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"As challenging as it is to imagine how an educated cleric or wealthy lay person in the early Middle Ages would have understood a letter (especially one from God), it is even harder to understand why letters would have so captured the imagination of people who might never have produced, sent, or received letters themselves. In Epistolary Acts, Jordan Zweck examines the presentation of letters in early medieval  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Literary criticism
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jordan Zweck
ISBN: 9781487501006 1487501005
OCLC Number: 1027695698
Description: x, 223 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: epistolary acts and The Husband's Message --
Reconstructing the Anglo-Saxon ars dictaminis : form, vocabulary, and immediacy --
Spreading the word : the Sunday letter, mass communication, and the self-replicating document --
Messengers, materiality, and transmission in the Old English Apollonius of Tyre, Letter of Abgar, and Life of St Mary of Egypt --
Bodies of record : witnessing, memory, and erasure in Ælfric's Life of St Basil and the anonymous Old English Legend of the Seven Sleepers --
Epilogue: epistolary afterlives.
Series Title: Toronto Anglo-Saxon series, 29.
Responsibility: Jordan Zweck.

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In Epistolary Acts, Jordan Zweck examines the presentation of letters in early medieval vernacular literature, including hagiography, prose romance, poetry, and sermons on letters from heaven, moving  Read more...

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