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Edward John Christie
Columbia College, Missouri (Columbia, MO 65216-0001)
Mystic Writing and the Science of the Letter: Anglo-Saxon Literacy and the Materiality of the Sign

This project examines important literary representations of writing that have remained unusually unstudied in the orality-literacy debate. By analyzing representations of the materiality of writing in hagiography, legal documents, literary riddles, and grammatical treatises, this project demonstrates the depth and consistency of the Anglo-Saxon preoccupation with writing as a sign-system which is at once conventional and absolute, material and transcendent.

Project fields:
Medieval Studies

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2007 – 7/31/2007