New directions in medieval manuscript studies and reading practices : essays in honor of Derek Pearsall /

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Imprint:Notre Dame, Indiana : University of Notre Dame Press, [2014]
Description:xxii, 551 pages : facsimiles (color), portrait ; 24 cm
Subject:Manuscripts, Medieval -- Congresses.
Manuscripts, Medieval -- England -- Congresses.
English literature -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- Manuscripts -- Congresses.
Books and reading -- England -- History -- To 1500 -- Congresses.
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Books and reading.
English literature -- Manuscripts.
English literature -- Middle English -- Manuscripts.
Manuscripts, Medieval.
Format: Print Book
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Other authors / contributors:Kerby-Fulton, Kathryn, editor.
Thompson, John J., 1955- editor.
Baechle, Sarah, editor.
Pearsall, Derek, honouree.
Robert M. Conway Notre Dame London Center Conference (1st : 2011 : London, England)
ISBN:9780268033279 (hardback)
0268033277 (hardcover)
Notes:Papers presented at the first Robert M. Conway Notre Dame London Center Conference, held at the Notre Dame Center in London on October 20-22, 2011.
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Summary:"'This volume gathers the contributions of senior and junior scholars-all indebted to the pathbreaking work of Derek Pearsall-to showcase new research prompted by his rich and ongoing legacy as a literary critic, editor, and seminal founder of Middle English manuscript studies. The contributors aim both to honor Pearsall's work in the field he established and to introduce the complexities of interdisciplinary manuscript studies to students already familiar with medieval literature. The contributors explore a range of issues, from the study of medieval literary manuscripts to the history of medieval books, libraries, literacy, censorship, and the social classes who used the books and manuscripts-nobles, children, schoolmasters, priests, merchants, and more. In addressing reading practices, essays provide a wealth of information on marginal commentaries, images and interpretive methods, international transmission, and early print and editorial methods. "New Directions in Medieval Manuscript Studies and Reading Practices marks the heritage of the distinguished scholar Derek Pearsall while highlighting his continuing influence on medieval manuscript studies. Buoyed by fine work of senior scholars, the collection also introduces readers to stimulating work by an upcoming generation of more recent practitioners, all of whom address crucial issues in the field: the particulars of individual manuscripts, including scribal practice, marginal commentary, and audience reception. The result is a fine collection at once canonical in some respects and innovative in others.' -Paul H. Strohm, Anna S. Garbedian Professor Emeritus of the Humanities, Columbia University"--