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Sharon Melissa Rowley
Christopher Newport University (Newport News, VA 23606-2949)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2007 – 8/31/2008

Reading the Old English Bede in Its Manuscript Contexts

Reading the OEB in Its Manuscript Contexts re-examines the OE version of Bede's Historia ecclesiastica from a material and cultural perspective to argue that the OEB and its manuscript texts have much to tell us about a relatively inaccessible period of history, and about changes in Medieval and Early Modern English concepts of history, national identity and textual culture. In it, I examine the ways in which the translators transformed their base text, as well as how later scribes and readers continued this process of interpretation. I ask large questions by looking very closely at the text and its history; I study manuscript variants, but with a focus on the cultural context and the ideas of national identity read in and onto the OEB.