Representation and Design

Representation and Design : Tracing a Hermeneutics of Old English Poetry

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Representation and Design examines Old English poetry from the point of view of its interpretation, beginning with the assumption that Anglo-Saxon concepts of reading were probably very different from those that dominate our own literary culture. The book insists on the semantic interaction of representation and design, two aspects of Old English poetry that traditionally have been examined separately, and draws on Anglo-Saxon pictorial arts as a model throughout. It disputes the conventional dichotomy that interpretation makes between content and form; redefines content as a particular mode of representation - a reflection of texts and ideologies and recognizes form as complex and meaningful design so that the "two" no longer can be distinguished in the process of interpretation.
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  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 150.1 x 228.3 x 12.2mm | 244.94g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791432041
  • 9780791432044

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Representation and Design examines Old English poetry from the point of view of its interpretation, beginning with the assumption that Anglo-Saxon concepts of reading were probably very different from those that dominate our own literary culture.
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"This book offers new insights into poems and issues at the heart of Old English literature. Readings intelligently informed by postmodern theory are increasingly in demand in the field. The reading of the Ruthwell cross in relation to the Dream of the Rood is particularly supple and sensitive, and will change my classroom presentation of this poem forever." -- Jon Wilcox, University of Iowa
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About Pauline E. Head

Pauline E. Head is Associate Professor of English at York University.
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