The Welsh Hymn to the Virgin: contexts and reception

Thuillier, Manon Gwendoline Morgane (2019) The Welsh Hymn to the Virgin: contexts and reception. MPhil(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

The Hymn to the Virgin is a poem attributed to the Welsh poet Ieuan ap Hywel Swrdwal, thought to have been written around 1470 while he was a student at the University of Oxford. It is reputedly the first poem ever written in English by a Welshman (Stephens 1998: 341). The particularities of this poem are, first, its language, as it is composed in Middle to Early Modern English but spelled using Welsh letter-values, and the way it was transmitted, as it survives in twelve manuscripts, all of which being of Welsh origin and containing poetry in Welsh (with a few exceptions in Latin). This thesis comprises a survey of the different sources in which the poem is to be found, along with transcriptions and textual analyses of the manuscript copies.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: Welsh manuscripts, Anglo-Welsh literature, textual afterlife, history of English, pragmaphilology.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography
Colleges/Schools: College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
College of Arts > School of Humanities > Celtic and Gaelic
Supervisor's Name: Smith, Prof. Jeremy J. and Clancy, Prof. Thomas
Date of Award: 2019
Depositing User: Ms Manon GM Thuillier
Unique ID: glathesis:2019-41210
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 23 May 2019 12:13
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2019 10:53
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/41210

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