Palimpsests and the Literary Imagination of Medieval England

Collected Essays

  • Editors
  • Leo Carruthers
  • Raeleen Chai-Elsholz
  • Tatjana Silec

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction: Palimpsests and “Palimpsestuous” Reinscriptions

  3. Permanence and Impermanence of Writing on the Page

  4. Impermanence and Accumulation in the Literary Imagination

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 227-267

About this book


Witnesses to the disappearance of a text, palimpsest manuscripts bear the marks of their own genesis, with their original inscription rubbed out and written over on the same parchment. This collection explores analogies of erasure and rewriting observed in editorial and literary practices underlying the production of texts from medieval England.


Chaucer England history Middle Ages

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