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Title: "One can emend a mutilated text": Auden's The Orators and the Old English Exeter Book
Authors: Jones, Chris
Keywords: Auden
Exeter Book
Old English
Gifts of Men
Fortunes of Men
Issue Date: 2002
Citation: Jones, C. (2002). '"One can emend a mutilated text": Auden's The Orators and the Old English Exeter Book.' TEXT: An interdisciplinary Annual of Textual Studies 15: 261-275
Abstract: This article argues that Book I of Auden's 1931 work 'The Orators' does not merely allude to poems in the Old English Exeter Book as source material, but that it participates in a medievalist model of textual production. Auden's poem performs acts analogous to those such as 'compliatio' and 'ordinatio', and deliberately misrepresents and distorts its source texts even as it alludes to them in order to make a point about the transmission and corruption of canonical texts. In addition, some source material is identified here for the first time.
Version: Postprint
ISSN: 0736-3974
Type: Journal article
Publication Status: Published
Status: Peer reviewed
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