Medieval English manuscripts and literary forms /

"This book aims to provide a general introduction to manuscript studies for readers whose particular interests lie in medieval literature. The field of medieval literary studies has long depended on manuscripts, of course. The nineteenth-century editions that facilitated the widespread study of...

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Author / Creator: Brantley, Jessica (Author)
Format: eBook Electronic
Language:English
Edition:First edition.
Imprint: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2022]
Series:Material texts.
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Summary:"This book aims to provide a general introduction to manuscript studies for readers whose particular interests lie in medieval literature. The field of medieval literary studies has long depended on manuscripts, of course. The nineteenth-century editions that facilitated the widespread study of medieval texts made explicit their dependence on manuscript evidence. But that scholarly tradition was primarily textual and philological, concerned with how to reconstruct readable texts from fragmentary remains in order to develop histories of literature and language. More modern editions have typically moved farther from considering the original forms of the texts they encounter. But it is clearer than ever that manuscripts are important to literary analysis. Medieval books provide indispensable contexts for understanding literary culture, and even for establishing (or questioning) the historical parameters of the "literary" itself. Bringing the traditional archival strengths of medieval manuscript studies together with the larger, more synthetic, and theoretical achievements of recent approaches to material texts, this handbook aims to ask such big questions"--
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Physical Description:1 online resource
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN:9780812298451
0812298454
Author Notes:Jessica Brantley is Professor of English at Yale University and author of Reading in the Wilderness: Private Devotion and Public Performance in Late Medieval England .