Ælfric's Lives of Saints

Toward a New Edition

Report from Kalamazoo 2012

We held a session (254) at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies titled, “Editing Old English: Ælfric’s Lives of Saints.” The papers were:

  • Grant Leyton Simpson, “Toward a Plan for a New Edition of Ælfric’s Lives of Saints”
  • Murray McGillivray, “Editing the Lives of Saints for the Online Corpus of Old English Poetry: Conundrums and Difficulties”
  • Derek Updegraff, “Editing Ælfric’s Alliterative Lives Using a-verse/b-verse Lineation”

The session was well attended. We left ample time for discussing the project after the papers and the discussion turned out to be quite lively. The consensus among the audience seems to be that a new edition is sorely needed and that the best course of action is to spend the next year working on ideas for its form and implementation.

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