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Title:Apostolic discourse and Christian identity in Anglo-Saxon literature
Author(s):Godlove, Shannon N.
Director of Research:Wright, Charles D.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Wright, Charles D.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Trilling, Renee; Barrett, Robert W.; Kalinke, Marianne E.
Department / Program:English
Discipline:English
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Anglo-Saxon
Old English Literature
Apostles in Literature
Anglo-Latin Literature
Cynewulf
Boniface
Andreas
Abstract:“Apostolic Discourse and Christian Identity in Anglo-Saxon Literature” argues that Anglo-Saxon religious writers used traditions about the apostles to inspire and interpret their peoples’ own missionary ambitions abroad, to represent England itself as a center of religious authority, and to articulate a particular conception of inspired authorship. This study traces the formation and adaptation of apostolic discourse (a shared but evolving language based on biblical and literary models) through a series of Latin and vernacular works including the letters of Boniface, the early vitae of the Anglo-Saxon missionary saints, the Old English poetry of Cynewulf, and the anonymous poem Andreas. This study demonstrates how Anglo-Saxon authors appropriated the experiences and the authority of the apostles to fashion Christian identities for members of the emerging English church in the seventh and eighth centuries, and for vernacular religious poets and their readers in the later Anglo-Saxon period.
Issue Date:2010-08-31
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/16965
Rights Information:Copyright 2010 Shannon N. Godlove
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-08-31
2013-06-01
Date Deposited:2010-08


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