Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Medieval Texts in Context

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Medieval Texts in Context

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Medieval Texts in Context, ed. Denis Renevey and Graham D. Caie, Context and Genre in English Literature (London and New York: Routledge, 2008). xii + 257 pp ISBN 0-41 5-36025-0. £70.00. This collection of eleven essays arises from a pair of sessions held on Medieval Texts in Context at the European Society for the Study of English Congress (2002). The first part of the volume addresses manuscript context; the second explores social, historical, and cultural contexts. In part, the collection treats issues central to the New Philology: the focus is the manuscript within its wider material and literary culture, in particular, the 'dynamic interplay' that occurs between author, scribes, and readers. Essays by a range of eminent scholars take a variety of perspectives and examples. Graham D. Caie explores what medieval vernacular manuscripts reveal about authors and texts; Mattie Peikola looks at mise-en-page in manuscripts of the Wycliffite Bible, Simon Horobin considers the authence of Piers Plowman in relation to Harley 3954. …

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