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The New Middle Ages

Imaginary Worlds in Medieval Books

Exploring the Manuscript Matrix

Authors: Rust, M.

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This book presents a series of narratives that reflect the compelling and sometimes dangerous allure of the world of books - and the world in books - in late-medieval Britain. It envisions the confines of medieval manuscripts as virtual worlds: realms that readers call forth through imaginative interactions with books' material features.

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MARTHA RUST teaches English literature at New York University, USA.

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"Rust's rich account underlines the central medieval-text principle; that just everything is an image of drawing or writing; and drawing and writing an image of anything at all. But Rust's own central interpretative ideas - middle letters, double literacy, manuscript matrix, codicology exert a calm control over her cornucopia of examples and ideas, with great ingenuity of both explanation and interpretation. What more one could ask for it would be hard to imagine." - John Powell Ward, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Wales, Swansea; Author of The Spell of the Song

'By demonstrating the complex dimensions of the medieval manuscript matrix, Rust elucidates a performative mode of reading text and image together and against one another that will transform the way we think about artistic practices in the Middle Ages. It is a major achievement.' - Stephen G. Nichols, James M. Beall Professor of French & Humanities Chair, Department of German & Romance Languages & Literatures Co-Director, Centre Louis Marin d'études pluridisciplinaires, Johns Hopkins University

"This fine book makes a considerable contribution to our growing interest, in medieval literary studies, in encountering texts in their original manuscript settings. Rust proposes the medieval manuscript especially the illustrated late-medieval devotional manuscript as a kind of tool, by interaction with which its user (often a layperson, very often a woman) could enter into the quite specific but Imaginary Worlds of the title. Rust rightly suggests a link between such effects and Heidegger's notion of the 'locale,' or what she calls the 'manuscript matrix.' This is the sort of book that could only be written by someone who has had contact with many hundreds probably thousands of manuscripts, in a range of languages and levels of ambition." - Christopher Baswell, UCLA


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Medieval Manuscript Matrix: A Storied Realm

    Rust, Martha Dana

    Pages 1-30

  • Into the Manuscript Matrix: Middle Letters for Readers of a Middle Sort

    Rust, Martha Dana

    Pages 31-79

  • “Straunge” Letters and Strange Loops in Bodleian Library MS Arch. Selden. B.24

    Rust, Martha Dana

    Pages 81-116

  • John’s Page: A Confessio Amantis {Librorum} in Pierpont Morgan Library MS M.126

    Rust, Martha Dana

    Pages 117-164

  • Afterword: A Life in Books: Habits and Habitats of Ricardus Franciscus

    Rust, Martha Dana

    Pages 165-177

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eBook $84.99
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Hardcover $109.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4039-7222-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Imaginary Worlds in Medieval Books
Book Subtitle
Exploring the Manuscript Matrix
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-06192-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-06192-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7222-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 290
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