Graduate Seminar: Thomas N. Hall

Thomas N. Hall, currently teaching at the University of Notre Dame
Thomas N. Hall, currently teaching at the University of Notre Dame
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Graduate Seminar
Friday, January 10, 1997 to Friday, March 21, 1997

The Anglo-Saxon Seminar: The Vercelli Book

Thomas N. Hall

currently teaching at the University of Notre Dame

The focus of this seminar was the literature of the 10th century Vercelli Book, an anthology of Old English homilies and poems including Andreas, Elene, and The Dream of the Rood.  In addition to recurrent problems involving language, form and audience, topics for discussion  will include the cult of the cross, the literary repercussions of the Benedictine reform, the development of the Old English sermon, aspects of literacy in 10th century England, the role of hagiographic and apocryphal literature in shaping Anglo-Saxon religious practices, and the connections between Old English and Old Irish literature.

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