Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Transmission and Transformation in the Middle Ages: Texts and Contexts

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Transmission and Transformation in the Middle Ages: Texts and Contexts

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Transmission and Transformation in the Middle Ages: Texts and Contexts, ed. Kathy Cawsey and Jason Harris (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007). 9 + 1 97 pp. ISBN 978- 1-85 182- 990- 3. £37.27/649.50. This collection of essays by young Irish medievalists aims 'to explicate the processes of translation, adaptation, appropriation, and dissemination' in the Middle Ages. This points to the importance of authence reaction to a text, and the medieval taste for close translation. Nie Cárthaigh's essay discusses the use of a supernatural or uncanny figure to transmit Irish history. Nijhuis, Harris, and McCormack, in their contributions on iElfric, Giraldus Cambrensis, and Julian of Norwich, consider how and why an author's concern with his or her readership is of such significance. …

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