Bibliographic Details

The medieval manuscript book : cultural approaches / edited by Michael Johnston and Michael Van Dussen.

Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Description xii, 302 pages ; 24 cm.
Language English
Series Cambridge studies in medieval literature ; 94
Cambridge studies in medieval literature ; 94.
Subject Manuscripts, Medieval -- Europe.
Books -- History -- 400-1450.
Manuscripts, Medieval -- Social aspects.
Transmission of texts -- Europe -- History -- To 1500.
Books and reading -- Europe -- History -- To 1500.
Literature, Medieval -- History and criticism.
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Books and reading.
Literature, Medieval.
Manuscripts, Medieval.
Transmission of texts.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Format Print, Book
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Other authors / contributors Johnston, Michael (Michael Robert), 1977- editor.
Van Dussen, Michael, 1977- editor.
ISBN 9781107066199
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Traditional scholarship on manuscripts has tended to focus on issues concerning their production and has shown comparatively little interest in the cultural contexts of the manuscript book. The Medieval Manuscript Book redresses this by focusing on aspects of the medieval book in its cultural situations. Written by experts in the study of the handmade book before print, this volume combines bibliographical expertise with broader insights into the theory and praxis of manuscript study in areas from bibliography to social context, linguistics to location, and archaeology to conservation. The focus of the contributions ranges widely, from authorship to miscellaneity, and from vernacularity to digital facsimiles of manuscripts. Taken as a whole, these essays make the case that to understand the manuscript book it must be analyzed in all its cultural complexity, from production to transmission to its continued adaptation"--
Table of Contents:
  • 1. Introduction: manuscripts and cultural history
  • 2. Bibliographical theory and the textuality of the codex: towards a history of the pre-modern book
  • 3. What is a manuscript culture? Technologies of the manuscript matrix
  • 4. Decoding the material book: cultural residue in medieval manuscripts
  • 5. Organizing manuscript and print: from Compilatio to compilation
  • 6. Containing the book: the institutional afterlives of medieval manuscripts
  • 7. Medieval manuscripts: media archaeology and the digital incunable
  • 8. The circulation of texts in manuscript culture
  • 9. Multilingualism and late medieval manuscript culture
  • 10. Miscellaneity and variance in the medieval book
  • 11. Vernacular authorship and the control of manuscript production
  • 12. Medieval French and Italian literature: towards a manuscript history
  • 13. Afterword: social history of the book and beyond
  • Bibliography