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Diverting AuthoritiesExperimental Glossing Practices in Manuscript and Print$
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Jane Griffiths

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199654512

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654512.001.0001

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Glossing the Spoken Word

Glossing the Spoken Word

Erasmus’ Moriae Encomium and Chaloner’s Praise of Folie

(p.103) 4 Glossing the Spoken Word
Diverting Authorities

Jane Griffiths

Oxford University Press

This chapter contrasts the glossing of Erasmus’s Moriae Encomium with that of its first English translation, Chaloner’s Praise of Folie. It argues that whereas the complex glossing of the Moria is performative, replicating the shifts in tone that are also found in Folly’s oration, Chaloner’s seeks to define and fix her protean speech. It thus identifies two strikingly opposed views of how and what a text communicates. In doing so, it gives an indication of the complex of humanist and vernacular models out of which later sixteenth-century glossing practices evolved, and how artless, as well as artful, glossing strategies contributed to their development.

Keywords:   glossing, Erasmus, Moriae Encomium, Sir Thomas Chaloner, Praise of Folie

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