Representation and Design: Tracing a Hermeneutics of Old English Poetry

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Representation and Design examines Old English poetry from the point of view of its interpretation, beginning with the assumption that Anglo-Saxon concepts of reading were probably very different from those that dominate our own literary culture. The book insists on the semantic interaction of representation and design, two aspects of Old English poetry that traditionally have been examined separately, and draws on Anglo-Saxon pictorial arts as a model throughout. It disputes the conventional dichotomy that interpretation makes between content and form; redefines content as a particular mode of representation - a reflection of texts and ideologies and recognizes form as complex and meaningful design so that the "two" no longer can be distinguished in the process of interpretation.
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Beginning with the assumption that Anglo-Saxon concepts of reading were probably very different from those that dominate our own literary culture, Head English, York U. examines a range of texts including "Beowulf", "The Wanderer", the Exeter Book riddles, manuscript illuminations, and the sculpture of the Ruthwell cross, insisting on the semantic interaction of representation and design, two aspects of Old English poetry that traditionally have been examined separately. B&w illustrations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Locating the Reader: Perspectives in Old English Poetry and Anglo-Saxon Art 17
2 Peripheral Meanings: Frames in Old English Poetry and Anglo-Saxon Manuscript Illumination 55
3 Images of Storytelling: The Presence of the Past in Old English Poetry 89
Afterword: Tracing Signs of Elusion 113
Notes 117
Bibliography 151
Index 163
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