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Identity And Ideology In Ælfrics Prefaces

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In this chapter. the author focuses on a complementary but contrasting self-presentational tendency of Ælfric's, also deployed to validate his position but particularly central to his construction of it: the internal facing strategies through which he articulates the position of the first person voice of the prefaces to his works in terms of its relationship to the other persons invoked. The relationships thus constructed map out hierarchies, groups, affiliations, distinctions and boundaries, and call up a range of categorizations (class, occupation) and binaries (lay/professional religious; secular religious/monastic) whose boundaries Ælfric patrols and nuances to construct a range of spaces in which his first-person voice has authority, To identify and explore these internal-facing references the author also focuses on what he term Ælfric's 'positional rhetoric': the linguistic markers-pronouns and verbs, for the most part-of the position of the first-person speaker and of where that speaker positions the audience in ideological terms.

Keywords: Ælfric patrols; internal-facing references; linguistic markers



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