Dream of the Rood

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Unformatted text preview: The Dream of the Rood Date of composition: ca. 750 C.E. (A.D.) Manuscript: Vercelli (found in Italy) 10th c 3 extant references/sources Ruthwell Cross, Scotland, 8th c (p. 127) Brussels Cross, England, 10th c Vercelli MS, 10th c Issues and Terminology Genre: Dream Vision, riddle, ?elegy or "good news" (gospel) Personification History of the cross Christianity and paganism Critical Approaches New Criticism/formalism Semiotics Medieval sign theory Medieval Sign Theory St. Augustine: Words are signs of things Things can be signs as well Christian Sign Theory Expressions from Scripture are filled with divine illumination. The cross is this kind of sign: meaningful for Christians The Cross/ Paganism and Christianity History of Cross From tree (pagan) to relic (Christian) Christ and Cross Pagan and Christian Speaker from darkness/sin to light from seeing to speaking ...
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This note was uploaded on 05/01/2008 for the course ENG 221 taught by Professor Knepper during the Summer '07 term at Clarion.

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