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Sarah Larratt Keefer

Professor (English) 
B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)
STLHE Fellow 

Office: Catharine Parr Traill College, Wallis Hall 117 
Telephone: (705) 748-1011 ext. 6033 
E-mail: skeefer@trentu.ca

Research Interests

The liturgy of Western Christendom until A.D. 1100, particularly that of Anglo-Saxon England, and its relationship to the cultural development of prose and verse, royal patronage, and political power. Palaeography, codicology and the editing and study of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts.

Current Research Projects

The development of the votive mass and of the benedictional in Western Christendom until A.D. 1100 (bIP). Editing and studying evidence for an eleventh-century Holy Week libellus (aIP). Evidence for Anglo-Saxon and continental masses and blessings for travel by land (pro iter agentibus) and sea (pro navigantibus) (aIP).

Selected Publications

Old English Liturgical Verse: a Student Edition. Calgary: Broadview Press (forthcoming 2010);  Cross and Cruciform in Anglo-Saxon England, ed. Sarah Larratt Keefer, Karen Jolly and Catherine Karkov. Morgantown, West Virginia University Press: 2009;  Signs on the Edge: Space, Text and Margin in Medieval Manuscripts, ed. Sarah Larratt Keefer and Rolf H. Bremmer, Jr. Medievalia Groningana New Series 10. Leiden: Peeters, 2007;  Durham, Ripon and York Manuscripts, (with David Rollason and A.N. Doane). Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts in Microfiche Facsimile Series vol. 14. Tempe, AZ: MRTS, 2007; "Ðonne se cirlisca man ordales weddigeð: the Anglo-Saxon Lay Ordeal", in Early Medieval Studies in Memory of Patrick Wormald, ed. Stephen Baxter, et al (London: Ashgate, 2008), 353-368; "Performance and the Cross in Anglo-Saxon England," in Cross and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England, ed. Karen Jolly, Catherine E. Karkov and Sarah Larratt Keefer (Morgantown: West Virginia University Press, 2007), 219-272:  "Use of Manuscript Space for Design, Image and Text in Liturgical Books owned by the Community of St Cuthbert", in Signs on the Edge: Space, Text and Margin in Medieval Manuscripts, ed. Sarah Larratt Keefer and Rolf H Bremmer, Jr, (Leiden: Peeters, 2007), 85-115;   "Her Own Particular Style: the Anglo-Saxon Church and her Clerical Vestments", Medieval Clothing and Textiles 3 (2007), 13-39;   "Every Picture Tells a Story: Cuthbert’s Vestments in the Benedictional of St Æthelwold", Leeds Studies in English 37 (2007), 111-134;  "Body Language: a Graphic Commentary by the Horses of the Bayeux Tapestry”, in Harold II and the Bayeux Tapestry, ed. Gale Owen-Crocker (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2005), pp. 93-108;   "The Veneration of the Cross in Anglo-Saxon England", in The Liturgy of the Late Anglo-Saxon Church, ed. H. Gittos and M. Bradford Bedingfield, Henry Bradshaw Society Subsidia Series V (Woodbridge: Boydell, 2005), 141-82;  "Old English Religious Texts," inReadings in Medieval Texts, ed. David Johnson and Elaine Treharne, (Oxford University Press, 2005), 15-29;    "In Closing: Amen and Doxology in Anglo-Saxon England", Anglia 121.2 (2003), 1-24;   " 'Either/And' as  'Style' in Anglo-Saxon Christian Verse", Anglo-Saxon Styles, ed. Catherine Karkov and George H. Brown, (Binghamton: State University of New York Press, 2003), 179-200;    "Ic and We in Eleventh-Century Old English Liturgical Verse", in Unlocking the Wordhord: Anglo-Saxon Studies in Memory of Edward B. Irving, Jr., ed. Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe and Mark Amodio (University of Toronto Press, 2002), 123-46;    "Assessing the Liturgical Canticles from the Old English Hexateuch Manuscripts", in The Old English Hexateuch: Aspects and Approaches, ed. B.C. Withers and R. Barnhouse (Kalamazoo: Richard Rawlinson Center/ Medieval Institute Publications, 2000), 95-130.