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Diverting Authorities: Experimental Glossing Practices in Manuscript and Print

Jane Griffiths


This book examines the glossing of a variety of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century texts by authors including Lydgate, Douglas, Chaloner, Baldwin, Bullein, Harington, and Nashe. It is concerned particularly with the use of glosses as a means of authorial reflection on the writing process, and with the emergence of the gloss as a self-consciously literary mode. One of the main questions it addresses is to what extent the advent of print affects glossing practices. To this end, it traces the transmission of a number of glossed texts in both manuscript and print, but also examines glossing that is ... More

Keywords: glossing, self-glossing, diverting glossing, The Canterbury Tales, Confessio Amantis, Regiment of Princes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199654512
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654512.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Griffiths, author
Wadham College, Oxford