Issue Editor: Larry Swain | May 2009
Karmen Lenz, Macon State College
Abstract: The tenth-century rhymed Office of Saint Cuthbert incorporates language from Bede's poetic Vita Sancti Cuthberti. The liturgical meditation recreates the reflective quality of Bede's poetry and further realizes its figural significance to instruct laity in interpreting Cuthbert's life.
Douglas Simms, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Abstract: The Old Saxon Heliand and Vatican Genesis and the Old English Genesis B contain a number of metrically aberrant verses known generally as heavy hypermetrical verses. This paper argues that these verses serve to highlight portions of the text for the audience.
Michael Treschow, UBC Okanagan, Paramjit Gill, UBC Okanagan, & Tim B. Swartz, Simon Fraser University
Abstract: A great part of King Alfred's renown comes from his translations of Latin writings into Old English. The group of translations that he gets credit for, however, has changed over the years. Presently four translations are attributed to him: the Pastoral Care, the Boethius, the Soliloquies, and the first fifty Prose Psalms. The first three works openly name Alfred as translator and provide strong internal evidence that they are Alfred's work. The Prose Psalms, however, lack Alfred's name. Although now widely endorsed as Alfred's on the basis of studies by Janet Bately and Patrick O'Neil, the Prose Psalms do not allow the same confidence in Alfred's authorship as with the three named translations. Bately's and O'Neill's arguments exhibit several weaknesses. Their conclusion, moreover, breaks down when stylometric analysis is applied to the translations associated with Alfred. The statistical methods employed in this study indicate that Alfred should not be regarded as the translator of the Prose Psalms after all.
Jonathan Jarrett, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Cullen J. Chandler, Lycoming College
Margaret Cormack, College of Charleston and Donald Prudlo, Jacksonville State University
Daniel Paul O'Donnell, University of Lethbridge
Michel Aaij, Auburn University Montgmory
Helen T. Bennett, Eastern Kentucky University
Michael D. C. Drout, Wheaton College, Massachusetts and Scott Kleinman, California State University, Northridge
Bately, Janet, and Anton Englert, eds, Ohthere's Voyages: A Late 9th-century Account of Voyages along the Coasts of Norway and Denmark and its Cultural Context. Reviewed by Craig R. Davis.
Cooper, Alan, Bridges, Law and Power in Medieval England 700–1400. Reviewed by D. K. Smith.
Corona, Gabriella, Ælfric's Life of Saint Basil the Great: Background and Context. Reviewed by Rhonda L. McDaniel.
Fleming, Donald F. and Janet M. Pope, Henry I and the Anglo-Norman World: Studies in Memory of C. Warren Hollister. Reviewed by Jean A. Truax.
Laing, Lloyd, The Archaeology of Celtic Britain and Ireland: c. AD 400—1200. Reviewed by Sally-Jayne Gilpin.
Lee, Stuart D. and Elizabeth Solopova, The Keys of Middle-earth: Discovering Medieval Literature through the Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien. Reviewed by John Damon.
McCormack, Patrick, Albion. Reviewed by Howard M. Wiseman.
Shippey, Tom, The Shadow-Walkers: Jacob Grimm's Mythology of the Monstrous. Reviewed by Craig R. Davis.
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