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Icc hafe don swa summ þu badd: An Anatomy of the Preface to the Ormulum
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2008 (English)In: SELIM: Journal of the Spanish Society for Medieaeval English Language and Literature, ISSN 1132-631X, Vol. 14, 107-140 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper provides an analysis of those parts of the Preface to the Ormulum which are not reworkings of concrete textual sources, but rather constitute Orm’s original writing within the framework of traditions current in the twelfth century. The Preface is shown to combine features of two contemporary text genres. On the one hand it has all the typical features of a Ciceronian praefatio, detailing the author’s relationships to various other persons: to his patron, to the corrector of the text, to his copyist(s), to future readers/detractors, and, finally, to God. On the other hand, Orm’s presentation of various features of his text (such as author’s intention, material used, method, and order) makes his Preface conform to the conventions of the standard form of introduction to works of scriptural exegesis in the twelfth century. The paper also discusses the possible implications of Orm’s statement that he and Walter are brothers in three different ways.

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2008. Vol. 14, 107-140 p.
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Middle English, Ormulum, Ciceronian preface, Glossa ordinaria, Anselm of Laon
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-15593OAI: diva2:182113
Volym 14 av SELIM är volymen för 2007; det verkliga publiceringsåret är dock 2008.Available from: 2008-12-05 Created: 2008-12-05 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved

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