Vestigial Signs: Inscription, Performance, and The Dream of the Rood

  title={Vestigial Signs: Inscription, Performance, and The Dream of the Rood},
  author={Seeta R. Chaganti},
  journal={PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America},
  pages={48 - 72}
  • S. Chaganti
  • Published 1 January 2010
  • History
  • PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
Anglo‐Saxonists often explore connections between The Dream of the Rood and two ritual objects, the silver Brussels cross and the sandstone Ruthwell monument, inscribed with verses related to the poem. This essay offers a new perspective on these artifacts, elucidating not a historical narrative linking them but rather an Anglo‐Saxon poetics made visible in their juxtaposition. It argues that these three manifestations reveal a dialectic of inscription and performance in Anglo‐Saxon poetics… 
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