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Writing the map of Anglo-Saxon England [electronic resource] : essays in cultural geography /
Nicholas Howe.
imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2008.
description
xiv, 278 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
030011933X (cloth : alk. paper), 9780300119336 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2008.
isbn
030011933X (cloth : alk. paper)
9780300119336 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Introduction : Book and land -- Local places -- Writing the boundaries -- Home and landscape -- Geography and history. -- England and and the postcolonial void -- Rome as capital of Anglo-Saxon England -- From Bede's world to "Bede's world" -- Books of elsewhere -- Books of elsewhere : Cotton Tiberius B v and Cotton Vitellius A xv -- Falling into place : dislocation in Junius 11 -- Conclusion : by way of Durham.
catalogue key
11955572
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2008-06-01:
This collection of essays by the late Howe (formerly, English, Univ. of California, Berkeley) explores the Anglo-Saxon sense of identity and place in relation to the rest of the world. Howe's concern is not with physical maps but with written expressions, or "nonvisual" cartography that circumscribes a sense of homeland. The focus of the book is the Anglo-Saxons' forging of a homeland after their migration into England. Howe claims that this volume is, in some respects, a sequel to his Migration and Mythmaking in Anglo-Saxon England (CH, Mar'90, 27-3741) because in it he continues to make parallels between the Israelite exodus and that of the Anglo-Saxons. Throughout the book, and particularly in a chapter titled "Englalond and the Postcolonial Void," Howe describes the Anglo-Saxon worldview, exemplified by Bede, as looking south toward Rome as first the imperial and later the religious "capital" of England. Howe covers an array of Latin and Anglo-Saxon writings and provides in-depth discussions of portrayals of place in three manuscripts, including all of the works in Cotton Vitellius A. xv, the Beowulf manuscript. The book's argument is enhanced by photographs from Howe's travels. This is an important contribution to Anglo-Saxon studies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. C. P. Jamison Armstrong Atlantic State University
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"Howe''s broad and humane perspective makes this not just a landmark work in Anglo-Saxon studies, but a powerfully evocative meditation on land and culture, homeland and exile, conquest and colony, landscape and life, and the human condition of being ''at home'' in the world."-Roy Liuzza, University of Tennessee
"[Howe''s] passion for his subject matter is evident in these rich and allusive readings, which combine textual analysis, personal observation, theory, philology, manuscript study, and archaeology in a way that will be sure to invigorate (or reinvigorate) the reader''s interest in the field of Anglo-Saxon studies more generally. Like Migration and Mythmaking before it, Writing the Map of Anglo-Saxon England is scholarship that is learned and elegant while also being exciting and heartfelt."Jacqueline Stodnick, Speculuma Journal of Medieval Studies
"Nick Howe wastheAnglo-Saxonist of my generation. This book, with its inquiries fromBeowulfand Bede to post-Conquest England, eloquently testifies to his legacy and maps a future for our scholarship."Seth Lerer, Stanford University
"Howe''s broad and humane perspective makes this not just a landmark work in Anglo-Saxon studies, but a powerfully evocative meditation on land and culture, homeland and exile, conquest and colony, landscape and life, and the human condition of being ''at home'' in the world."�Roy Liuzza, University of Tennessee
"Howe''s broad and humane perspective makes this not just a landmark work in Anglo-Saxon studies, but a powerfully evocative meditation on land and culture, homeland and exile, conquest and colony, landscape and life, and the human condition of being ''at home'' in the world."Roy Liuzza, University of Tennessee
"Howe''s broad and humane perspective makes this not just a landmark work in Anglo-Saxon studies, buy a powerfully evocative meditation on land and culture, homeland and exile, conquest and colony, landscape and life, and the human condition of being ''at home'' in the world."Roy Liuzza, University of Tennessee
"Nick Howe was the Anglo-Saxonist of my generation. This book, with its inquiries from Beowulf and Bede to post-Conquest England, eloquently testifies to his legacy and maps a future for our scholarship."�Seth Lerer, Stanford University
"Nick Howe was the Anglo-Saxonist of my generation. This book, with its inquiries from Beowulf and Bede to post-Conquest England, eloquently testifies to his legacy and maps a future for our scholarship."Seth Lerer, Stanford University
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Eminent Anglo-Saxonist Nicholas Howe explores how the English, in the centuries before the Norman Conquest, located themselves both literally and imaginatively in the world. His elegantly written study focuses on Anglo-Saxon representations of place as revealed in a wide variety of texts in Latin and Old English, as well as in diagrams of holy sites and a single map of the known world found in British Library, Cotton Tiberius B v. The scholar's investigations are supplemented and aided by insights gleaned from his many trips to physical sites. The Anglo-Saxons possessed a remarkable body of geographical knowledge in written rather than cartographic form, Howe demonstrates. To understand fully their cultural geography, he considers Anglo-Saxon writings about the places they actually inhabited and those they imagined. He finds in Anglo-Saxon geographic images a persistent sense of being far from the center of the world, and he discusses how these migratory peoples narrowed that distance and developed ways to define themselves.
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Howe explores how the English, in the centuries before the Norman Conquest, located themselves both literally and imaginatively in the world. The scholar's investigations are supplemented and aided by insights gleaned from his many trips to physical sites.

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