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Transitional States: Change, Tradition, and Memory in Medieval Literature and Culture

Changes in words, changes in the world, and changes in minds: transitions between states of speaking, writing, thinking, and being are the subjects of the 14 essays in this collection, which celebrates and was inspired by the work of Allen J. Frantzen. Ranging from individual word-studies to investigations of artifacts and material culture, to historical, philosophical and theological syntheses, the essays are characterized by the same combination of multi-disciplinarity and meticulous attention to detail as the scholarship of the honorand. Transitional States shows how the interplay of tradition and innovation, historical currents and individuality, loss, memory and memorialization combine to produce both the culture of the Middle Ages and our understanding of it.

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Table of Contents

Graham D. Caie

Transitions in the Word: Languages, Texts, Discourses

Contested Categories, Anxiety, and Resistance in Early English and Beyond: The Case of Hard
Antonette diPaolo Healey

Emotion Keywords
Barbara H. Rosenwein

Old English Beauty
Stephen J. Harris

Overhearing the Past: Poem-making in Beowulf and the Origins of “Desire for Origins”
Chris Jones

The Undoing of Exeter Book Riddle 47: “Bookmoth”
Martin Foys

Transitions in the World: People, Places, Things

The Donor Portraits of Judith of Flanders: Patronage, Piety, and Politics in Mid-Eleventh-Century Europe
Mary Dockray-Miller

Guild Identity and Old English Elegiac Poetry
Patrick W. Conner

The Functions of Historical and Legendary Matter in Beowulf
John M. Hill

The Ruthwell Cross, the Brussels Cross, and The Dream of the Rood
John Hines

Transitions in the Mind: Ideas, Beliefs, Traditions

Temples and Teachers: Spiritual Teaching and Hermeneutic Practice in the Venerable Bede and Gregory the Great
Scott DeGregorio

Bede’s Abbreviated Allegory of Psalm
Ann W. Astell

Dialectic and Dispossession: Demonic Disputatio in the Old English Christ and Satan
Christina M. Heckman

Chaucer’s “Lyf of Seinte Cecile”: Theology and Politics
David Aers

Afterword: How to Think — Some Ways: Lessons Learned from Allen Frantzen
Michael D. C. Drout

The Publications of Allen J. Frantzen

Works Cited

Notes on Contributors


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