Dr. Beechy's work currently focuses on formal experimentation in Anglo-Saxon England. Her research considers the relationship between form and meaning not only in poetry but in other kinds of texts and artifacts. Her current project involves the ways in which Anglo-Saxon writers and artists linked the idea of form to the concept of the 'Word made flesh' from the Book of John. The various forms the Word could take seem to have been understood as incarnational--the divine made visible. This understanding of the Word made flesh in verbal form constitutes a kind of 'incarnational poetics' that in fact provides a prehistory for the well documented formal experimentation of the late medieval period.
medieval poetry and poetics, poetics, linguistic theory, semiotics, Old English language and literature, Middle English language and literature, aesthetics, linguistic approaches to literature, manuscript studies, paleography, digital manuscript studies