The Written Poem: Semiotic Conventions from Old to Modern English (review)

The Written Poem: Semiotic Conventions from Old to Modern English (review) Reviews students with excellent translations of important material concerning the 'Norman' kingdom of Sicily. Elizabeth Freeman School of Classics and History University of Tasmania H u i s m a n , Rosemary, The Written Poem: Semiotic Conventions from Old to Modern English, London and N e w York, Cassell, 1998; board; pp. viii, 184; R R P £45; I S B N 0304339997. [Distributed in Australia by Allen and Unwin. Paperbound edition from Continuum Publishing Group, I S B N 0304707341.] 'The visual text-as-object for poetic discourse is not a result of print c 101): this might be understood as the refrain of The Written Poem, Rosemary Huisman's research into written poetic discourse in English is admirably interdisciplinary and brings together a number of specialisms. Most notably, the book works across material from Old English to electronic writing practice, asking h o w the 'seen poem' works as a semiotic. She must bring to bear on this 'panoramic ambition' (p. 2) an interest in historically specific conditions of meaning-making viewed through a number of theoretical frames. A primary debt is acknowledged to M . A . K. Halliday's systemic functional linguistics in order to model 'talking about http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Parergon Australian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)

The Written Poem: Semiotic Conventions from Old to Modern English (review)

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Reviews students with excellent translations of important material concerning the 'Norman' kingdom of Sicily. Elizabeth Freeman School of Classics and History University of Tasmania H u i s m a n , Rosemary, The Written Poem: Semiotic Conventions from Old to Modern English, London and N e w York, Cassell, 1998; board; pp. viii, 184; R R P £45; I S B N 0304339997. [Distributed in Australia by Allen and Unwin. Paperbound edition from Continuum Publishing Group, I S B N 0304707341.] 'The visual text-as-object for poetic discourse is not a result of print c 101): this might be understood as the refrain of The Written Poem, Rosemary Huisman's research into written poetic discourse in English is admirably interdisciplinary and brings together a number of specialisms. Most notably, the book works across material from Old English to electronic writing practice, asking h o w the 'seen poem' works as a semiotic. She must bring to bear on this 'panoramic ambition' (p. 2) an interest in historically specific conditions of meaning-making viewed through a number of theoretical frames. A primary debt is acknowledged to M . A . K. Halliday's systemic functional linguistics in order to model 'talking about

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ParergonAustralian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)

Published: Apr 3, 2001

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