Academic journal article Medium Aevum

New Directions in Medieval Manuscript Studies and Reading Practices: Essays in Honor of Derek Pearsall

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

New Directions in Medieval Manuscript Studies and Reading Practices: Essays in Honor of Derek Pearsall

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New Directions in Medieval Manuscript Studies and Reading Practices: Essays in Honor of Derek Pearsall, ed. Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, John J. Thompson, and Sarah Baechle (Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014). xxii + 552 pp.; 39 illustrations. ISBN 978-0-268-003327-9. $66.00. This collection of essays honours Derek Pearsall's extraordinary contribution to medieval manuscript and literary studies, and represents work by an impressive group of experts in these fields. The volume is divided into seven parts: 'Celebrating Pearsallian reading practices'; 'England and international: studies in courtly verse and affectivity inspired by the work of Elizabeth Salter and Derek Pearsall at York'; 'The making of a field: York's 1981 manuscripts and readers thirty years later'; 'Newer directions in manuscript studies I: regional and scribal identities'; 'Newer directions in manuscript studies II: women, children, and literacy at work in late medieval and early Tudor England'; 'Chaucerian and post-Chaucerian reading practices'; and 'What a poet is "entitled to be remembered by": editorial philosophies and the Langlandian legacy of Derek Pearsall'. …

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