Dr Rachel A. Burns

Key Interests:

- Production and design of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts

- Old English poetry and metre

Mise-en-page of Old English and Anglo-Latin texts 

- History of editing medieval texts, and digitization of medieval texts and images 


I largely work with Old English texts, but also with Anglo-Latin material and on western medieval manuscript culture more broadly. In my PhD thesis ('The visual craft of Old English verse: mise-en-page in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts') I examined the mise-en-page of Old English and Latin verse texts, considering the interaction of page design with contemporary cultural aesthetics, metrical form, and the semantic interpretation of individual texts. In particular, mise-en-page is seen as a site where critics can witness scribal acts of creativity and interpretation.

Further interests arising from my research include: perceptions of Greek language and culture in Anglo-Saxon England; Anglo-Saxon riddles; the mise-en-page of modern English texts; digitization practice and the production, usage and preservation of digital resources.




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