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Anglo-Saxon Conversations : The Colloquies of Aelfric Bata - Scott Gwara

Anglo-Saxon Conversations

The Colloquies of Aelfric Bata

By: Scott Gwara (Editor), David W. Porter (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 26th October 1997
ISBN: 9780851156996
Number Of Pages: 221

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The monk Aelfric Bata is the only identifiable graduate of the school of Aelfric 'Grammaticus', the tenth-century Anglo-Saxon homilist whose Grammar, Glossary and Colloquyformed part of an educational plan for English boys. Bata's Colloquies, Latin conversations set in a monastic school, open a door into the world of Anglo-Saxon monasticism, revealing the details of daily activities: rising and dressing, studying the day's lesson, eating, bathing and tonsuring. Oblates ask a master's help in reading, bargain for a manuscript-copying job, obtain help in sharpening a pen. One colloquy depicts a flyting between master and student, who exchange graphic scatological insults. Combining the spare diction of his teacher Aelfric with the ornate glossematic vocabulary of Aldhelm, Aelfric Bata creates a cloistered world where comedy, invective, sermon and poetic recitation mix. The Colloquiesare presented with an English translation, glosses and full notes. Dr SCOTT GWARA teaches in the Department of English at the University of South Carolina: Professor DAVID PORTER teaches in the Department of English at Southern University, Baton Rouge.

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Advances considerably our understanding of Bata and the world of the monastic school. JNL OF ENGLISH AND GERMANIC PHILOLOGY. The translations are lively, readable... SPECULUM

ISBN: 9780851156996
ISBN-10: 0851156991
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 221
Published: 26th October 1997
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52