Were rhetorical figures solely decorative, or were they intended to evoke particular responses at particular points in a narrative? When is chiasmus appropriate? When ought one to avoid alliteration? Bede hints at an answer in his treatise on rhetorical tropes and figures.
Stephen Harris (Associate Professor of English, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.) will give a lecture on “Bede and Aethelthryth: An Introduction to Christian Latin Poetics”
Thursday, 9 October 2014, 4:10 p.m.
Room 301, Centre for Medieval Studies
3rd Floor, Lillian Massey Building
125 Queen’s Park, Toronto
Stephen Harris is the author of Race and Ethnicity in Anglo-Saxon England (Routledge, 2003) and the forthcoming The Poetry of the Venerable Bede: A Commentary (West Virginia UP, 2015)
Earlier this year Michael Herren published an extensive annotated bibliography “Classics in the Middle Ages” with Oxford Bibliographies Online. This is a highly useful research tool that deals primarily with the transmission and reception in western Europe of classical Greek and Latin texts written before 525 CE, and focuses on the Latin tradition. The chronological limits observed here are 525 CE–c. 1400 CE. As the description remarks “the overarching aim of the entry is to highlight the achievement of the Latin Middle Ages in preserving the ancient classics and appropriating them for new uses in a Christian civilization.”
Congratulations, Michael, for having created this incredible research tool! We encourage everyone to check it out. (Users outside of the UofT intranet will have to login through the UofT library website.)