In this major study of Angle-Saxon religious tests sermons, homilies, and saints' lives written in Old English -- Clare A. Lees reveals how the invention of preaching transformed the early medieval church, and thus the culture of medieval England in placing Anglo-Saxon prose within a social matrix, her work offers a new way of seeing medieval literature through the lens ofIn this major study of Angle-Saxon religious tests sermons, homilies, and saints' lives written in Old English -- Clare A. Lees reveals how the invention of preaching transformed the early medieval church, and thus the culture of medieval England in placing Anglo-Saxon prose within a social matrix, her work offers a new way of seeing medieval literature through the lens of cultures.To show how the preaching mission of the later Anglo-Saxon church was constructed and received, Lees explores the emergence of preaching from the traditional structures of the early medieval church -- its institutional knowledge, genres, and beliefs. Understood as a powerful rhetorical, social, and epistemological process, preaching is shown to have helped define the sociocultural concerns specific to late Anglo-Saxon England.The first detailed study of traditionality in medieval culture, Tradition and Belief is also a case study of one cultural phenomenon from the past. As such -- and by concentrating on the theoretically problematic areas of history, religious belief, and aesthetics -- the book contributes to debates about the evolving meaning of culture....
|Title||:||Tradition And Belief: Religious Writing in Late Anglo-Saxon England|
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Tradition And Belief: Religious Writing in Late Anglo-Saxon England Reviews
As I read this book, I realized how much it felt like a precursor to much of the type of work I pursue on religious Old English literature. In many ways, in fact, the idea that stuck with me was Lees's formulation that the book may be seen as "Serving as a prolegomenon to the more detailed analysis of preaching as a traditional genre"--exactly what I see myself doing in my research. In this, the book is a great success.Much of the thrust of this monograph is to break down the critical distaste and neglect of Old English religious prose, a process that has been ongoing for several decades but still deals with the shadow of poetry cast over the subject. Questioning traditional literary-historical scholarship, she brings in a variety of disciplines and methodologies, often invoking contemporary cultural theories throughout the Introduction and first chapter. While Lees provides a heavy critique of Anglo-Saxon studies, she also provides ways of fusing past scholarship with new approaches. The whole book does well to demonstrate this, although chapter 3-5 depict perhaps more of her own reliance on traditional literary close reading than would be expected after the first 45 pages of the book.As a study that seeks to break down boundaries, Tradition and Belief is an excellent contribution to medieval studies generally. For anyone pursuing study of Old English religious prose, it is a necessary starting place.