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Author Contzen, Eva von, author

Title The Scottish legendary : towards a poetics of hagiographic narration / Eva von Contzen
Published Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2016
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Series Manchester medieval literature and culture
Manchester medieval literature and culture.
Contents Cover; Half-title; Series information; Title page; Copyright information; Dedication; Table of contents; List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction The Scottish Legendary and narrative art; Introducing the Scottish Legendary; Saints lives as narratives; Transcending genre: the Scottish Legendary and romance; Notes; 1 Towards a narrative poetics of medieval saints' lives; Narrative theory and the Scottish Legendary: a pragmatic approach; Narrative 'communication' and the open text: performing saints' legends; Notes
2 Teacher and poet: the narrator in the Scottish LegendaryThe Prologue of the Scottish Legendary; Metanarrative and narratorial roles; Digressions and prayers; Narrating the Scottish Legendary: conclusions; Notes; 3 Words and deeds: character depiction and direct discourse; Disruptive speech: female martyrs and pagan rulers; Holy and hollow? Narrating the saint; Mary of Egypt: how to talk without conversing; Theodora: the saint, the witch, and the adulterer; Andrew: a conversation postponed; Conclusions: gender, miracles, and the spoken word; Notes
4 Putting the saint in perspective: ideology and hagiographic narrationParameters of perspective: narrating the Other; Foregrounding and the miraculous; Conclusions: authorising the hagiographic narratives; Notes; 5 Saintly interiority: narrating conscience and consciousness; The representation of consciousness; Limiting the point of view; Conclusions; Notes; 6 The past, a foreign country: time, space, and the Scottishness of the Scottish Legendary; Salvation history and the suspension of time; Sanctifying space(s); How Scottish is the Scottish Legendary?; Notes
Conclusion A poetics of hagiographic narrationNotes; Appendix: the Scottish Legendary: authorship, dialect, and arrangement; Scribal practice; Dialect and dating; Dedications to the saints; Arrangement of the legends; Bibliography; Primary sources; Secondary sources; Online databases; Index
Summary A study of the 'Scottish Legendary' of the late 14th century. The only extant collection of saints' lives in the vernacular from medieval Scotland, the work scrutinises the dynamics of hagiographic narration, its implicit assumptions about literariness, and the functions of telling the lives of the saints
Notes Previously issued in print: 2016
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Audience Specialized
Notes Online resource; title from home page (viewed on August 19, 2016)
Subject Christian hagiography in literature.
English literature -- Scottish authors -- History and criticism.
Religion in literature.
Saints in literature.
Scottish literature -- To 1700 -- History and criticism.
Scottish poetry -- To 1700 -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1526100266
9781526109675 (ebook)