ENG 204 Lecture Notes - Caesura, Prefix, Walter J. Ong
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October 3rd 2011
Beowulf: From Oral Narrative to Written Poetry
6th Century AD – the story’s setting
8th Century AD – the epic was composed
End of 10th or early 11thCentury AD – the epic was written down by two scribes on the
manuscript that survives today
Scop: story teller. An Old English bard or poet.
In 1731 the manuscript survived a fire in the British Library Colton MS Vitellius A. XV. F. 132
- Colton was one of the first collectors of Old English Books
- He ran into the fire and through the book out the window
Vitellius: Roman Empire on Colton’s shelf
A. X.V = 1th book on his shelf
Southwick Codex: the first of the two main Old English codices contained in Colton Vitelliis, it
- Solioquies of St. Augustine
- Gospel of Nicodemus fragment
- Debate of Solomn and Saturn
- St. Quintin Homily fragment
The Nowell Codex: the second of the two main codices in Colton Vitellius, it includes:
- Life of St. Christopher
- Wonders of the East
- Alexander’s letter to Aristotle
Why are they organized this way?
Because of the way manual scripts were produced in manual script culture
If you liked a particular work you would get your scribe to copy it
You have fragments based on what you could copy at a time
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