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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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A Broil of Voices

A Broil of Voices

The Printed Word in Baldwin’s Beware the Cat and Bullein’s Dialogue against the Fever Pestilence

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Diverting Authorities

Jane Griffiths

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on William Baldwin’s Beware the Cat and William Bullein’s Dialogue against the Fever Pestilence, arguing that their glossing reflects both the contemporary controversy over the translation, printing, and glossing of the Bible, and a wider curiosity about the impact of print on what a text means. It shows that, although both works reflect Protestant insistence on the plain word of God as sole spiritual authority, their glosses do not simply underwrite the Reformist message of their works, but instead call into question the assumption that the printed word has an authority distinct from that of its contents. Provoking their readers into independent interpretation, they bear witness to the development of diverting glossing as an identifiable genre, characterized by studied unpredictability and play.

Keywords:   glossing, William Baldwin, William Bullein, Beware the Cat, Dialogue against the Fever Pestilence

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