Intertexts: Studies in Anglo-Saxon Culture, Presented to Paul E. Szarmach

Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (ASMAR), Vol. 24

Intertexts: Studies in Anglo-Saxon Culture, Presented to Paul E. Szarmach

Edited by Virginia Blanton (University of Missouri-Kansas City ) and Helene Scheck (The University at Albany )
2008 | 448 + xxxii pp. | 14 ills. | 978-0-86698-382-2 | Hardcover 6 x 9 in
MRTS 334 | $58 | £50 |

Paul E. Szarmach has demonstrated time and again that Anglo-Saxon literary culture is intertextual, that as a corpus it resonates with allusions from many disparate sources. Given his engagement with and support of inter- and multi-disciplinary studies, Intertexts brings together a range of traditionally isolated or disparate texts in a synergistically productive manner. Dr. Szarmach’s scholarship not only shows the relationships among texts, but it also intimates how we as modern readers and scholars are defining the value of these texts. As both scholar and editor, moreover, he has produced or supported work that frames, engages, and traces the intertextual; the twenty-six essays in this collection are organized specifically to reflect his interests in the field. In the first section, titled "(Re)Framing Insular Texts," contributors are at work reassessing received scholarly opinion and prompting further inquiry into insular texts. The section titled “Engaging Insular Culture” demonstrates how material artifacts, such as carvings, books, coins, and guild lists, work as texts and contexts for new understandings. The final section, "Tracing Textual Transmission," features essays that make connections between source texts and insular writings, as well as essays that discuss the dissemination of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts. The collection Intertexts offers, therefore, a significant contribution to the field of Anglo-Saxon studies, even as it provides a fitting tribute to this renowned scholar.