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Rachel A. Burns


Rachel largely works with Old English texts, but also with Anglo-Latin material and on western medieval manuscript culture more broadly. In her PhD thesis ('The visual craft of Old English verse: mise-en-page in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts') she examined the mise-en-page of Old English and Latin verse texts, considering the interaction of page design with contemporary cultural aesthetics, metrical form, and the semantic interpretation of individual texts. In particular, mise-en-page is seen as a site where critics can witness scribal acts of creativity and interpretation. In her role on the CLASP project, Rachel is currently working on scribal errors and emendations in Old English verse texts. Further interests arising from her research include: perceptions of Greek language and culture in Anglo-Saxon England; Anglo-Saxon riddles; the mise-en-page of modern English texts; digitization practice and the production, usage and preservation of digital resources.