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The New Middle Ages

Engaging Words

The Culture of Reading in the Later Middle Ages

Authors: Amtower, L.

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Acts of reading appear everywhere in the late Middle Ages, from the margins of Books of Hours to self-portraits of authors in their studies. What relevance did this image have for the late medieval imagination? Engaging Words is an interdisciplinary study on the conception of reading in late medieval society. Beginning with an examination of the social conditions that produced a viable reading public, the book proceeds to examine popular tastes, the interrelationship between manuscript form and content, and finally the theory and poetry of late medieval authors. By drawing on images from late medieval culture as well as from historical documents and literary texts, Engaging Words shows how reading became a cultural metaphor in the late Middle Ages that transformed the way the Western world thought about identity and social roles.

About the authors

Laurel Amtower is Associate Professor of English at San Diego State University.

Reviews

"...this brave project is fascinating..." - Alison Frazier, Libraries & Culture

"...substantial in scope...it calls on various disciplines to weave a large and intriguing argument about the understanding of reading from the High to the Late Middle Ages." - History:Reviews of New Books

"Amtower succeeds in showing a sophisticated, varied, and often-ironic sense of reading as a metaphor for all manner of comprehension in late-medieval art and literature." - Choice


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Engaging Words
Book Subtitle
The Culture of Reading in the Later Middle Ages
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2000
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-349-62998-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-349-62998-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-23383-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-63000-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 243
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