LINGUIST List 23.3206

Fri Jul 27 2012

Diss: Historical Linguistics: Litzler: 'A Corpus of Middle English Medical Prologues in the Sloane Collection of the British Library...'

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Date: 23-Jul-2012
From: Mary Litzler <xxxxxxgmail.com>
Subject: A Corpus of Middle English Medical Prologues in the Sloane Collection of the British Library: An introduction to the genre in prose
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Institution: Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Program: Interdisciplinary studies in language, culture, translation and classical tradition Dissertation Status: Completed Degree Date: 2011

Author: Mary Frances Litzler

Dissertation Title: A Corpus of Middle English Medical Prologues in the Sloane Collection of the British Library: An introduction to the genre in prose

Dissertation URL: http://acceda.ulpgc.es/handle/10553/6294

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Dissertation Director:
Francisco Alonso-Almeida
Dissertation Abstract:

This dissertation has two objectives. The first is to provide a corpus oftranscriptions of the unpublished prologues to medical texts written orcopied in the 15th century found to exist in the Sloane collection of theBritish Library. The second is to provide an introduction to the corpusincluding information on the manuscripts in which they are found andthe contents of the prologues themselves. All of this is done with a viewtowards determining trends that might exist in the genre of medicalprologues from this time period.

A total of 56 previously unedited prologues to medical texts from 15thcentury manuscripts are included in the final corpus. An additional 9prologues from the Sloane collection which had already been editedand published in academic publications were also considered in theanalysis section. The corpus is divided into six different groupsaccording to the area of medicine covered in accompanying text inorder to facilitate analysis of the contents in the prologues. The groupsare surgery texts, plague texts, urine and uroscopy texts, texts withremedies, texts on regimen of health and texts on the ancillary areas ofmedicine such as astrology.

There are seven chapters to the dissertation. After an initialintroduction, there is a chapter that reviews medieval prologue studies,an introduction to medieval medical text research, a description of thecorpus including the manuscripts, the transcriptions themselves, adiscussion and a conclusion. In addition, a glossary and notes can befound in the appendices.



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