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Imaginary Worlds in Medieval Books

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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.

"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

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

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This book envisions the confines of medieval manuscripts as the potential territory of many virtual worlds: realms that readers call forth through their imaginative interactions with a book' s material features. Each component of a medieval manuscript--its alphabetical characters, pages, images, text, gloss--offers an avenue of involvement with the world of books, and with the worlds "in" books. The explorations presented here follow those paths in a selection of manuscripts and texts produced in late-medieval Britain, tracing the fortunes of characters who become subject to and sometimes subjects in the very books the read and write.

The Medieval Manuscript Matrix: A Storied Realm Into the Manuscript Matrix: Middle Letters for People of a Middle Sort 'Straunge' Letters and Strange Loops in Bodleian Library MS Arch. Selden. B.24 Pulp Fictions and Torn Hearts: Love Stories in Paper in Middle English Verse Love Epistles John's Page: A Confessio amantis [librorum] in Pierpont Morgan Library MS M.126 A Life in Books: Scribal Habits and Habitats The Medieval Manuscript Matrix and the World Wide Web

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Titre: Imaginary Worlds in Medieval Books
Code EAN: 9781403972224
ISBN: 978-1-4039-7222-4
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: Springer Palgrave Macmillan
Genre: Histoire
nombre de pages: 290
Poids: 503g
Taille: H24mm x B223mm x T141mm
Année: 2008
Auflage: 2008

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