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The New Middle Ages

Spaces for Reading in Later Medieval England

Authors: Flannery, Mary C.

Editors: Griffin, C. (Ed.)

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We are living in an age in which the relationship between reading and space is evolving swiftly. Cutting-edge technologies and developments in the publication and consumption of literature continue to uncover new physical, electronic, and virtual contexts in which reading can take place. In comparison with the accessibility that has accompanied these developments, the medieval reading experience may initially seem limited and restrictive, available only to a literate few or to their listeners; yet attention to the spaces in which medieval reading habits can be traced reveals a far more vibrant picture in which different kinds of spaces provided opportunities for a wide range of interactions with and contributions to the texts being read. Drawing on a rich variety of material, this collection of essays demonstrates that the spaces in which reading took place (or in which reading could take place) in later medieval England directly influenced how and why reading happened.

About the authors

Mary C. Flannery is a Maître Assistante of English literature at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. She is the author of John Lydgate and the Poetics of Fame.

Carrie Griffin is a lecturer in early modern English literature in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Limerick, Ireland and a Research Associate of English at the University of Bristol, UK. She published an edition of The Wise Book of Philosophy and Astronomy with Middle English Texts/Winter in 2013.

Reviews

“The essays here offer an in-depth, insightful exploration of those complexities. Recommended for research collections, especially those supporting medieval, early modern, and/or textual studies programs. Summing Up: Recommended. Advanced students through researchers/faculty.” (J. Stevens, Choice, Vol. 54 (4), December, 2016)


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Flannery, Mary C. (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • “Thys ys my boke”: Imagining the Owner in the Book

    Wakelin, Daniel

    Pages 13-33

  • Reading John Walton’s Boethius in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

    Edwards, A. S. G.

    Pages 35-49

  • Reading in London in 1501: A Micro-Study

    Boffey, Julia

    Pages 51-61

  • Not for Profit: “Amateur” Readers of French Poetry in Late Medieval England

    Downes, Stephanie

    Pages 63-78

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Hardcover £74.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-42861-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Spaces for Reading in Later Medieval England
Authors
Editors
  • C. Griffin
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-42862-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137428622
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-42861-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 215
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