Iconography and the Professional Reader: The Politics of Book Production in the Douce Piers Plowman / Edition 15

Iconography and the Professional Reader: The Politics of Book Production in the Douce Piers Plowman / Edition 15

by Kathryn Kerby-Fulton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816629765

ISBN-13: 9780816629763

Pub. Date: 10/28/1998

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Oxford Bodleian Library Douce 104 is the only extant manuscript of William Langland's fourteenth-century poem Piers Plowman that is both illustrated and annotated, thereby providing material evidence of interpretation by professional readers - the artists, scribes, and annotators who constructed the work's meaning in an early fifteenth-century Anglo-Irish colonial…  See more details below

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Oxford Bodleian Library Douce 104 is the only extant manuscript of William Langland's fourteenth-century poem Piers Plowman that is both illustrated and annotated, thereby providing material evidence of interpretation by professional readers - the artists, scribes, and annotators who constructed the work's meaning in an early fifteenth-century Anglo-Irish colonial context. Kathryn Kerby-Fulton and Denise L. Despres examine this evidence for what it can tell us about the politics of late-medieval manuscript preparation and the scholarly direction of manuscript use. A study of great significance for medieval scholars, Iconography and the Professional Reader forcefully argues the importance of professional readers and utility-grade manuscripts in comprehending the meditative, mnemonic, performative, and subversive nature of late-medieval reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816629763
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Series:
Medieval Cultures Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
Pt. IVisual Politics
1Visual Literacy and the Iconography of Reformist Polemics17
2Visual Literacy and the Iconography of Social Dissent42
3The Professional Reader as Annotator68
4Visual Politics92
Pt. IIVisual Heuristics
5Visualizing the Text: The Heuristics of the Page119
6Visual Heuristics147
Conclusion: Reading Piers Plowman in a Manuscript Culture169
App. 1The Hands of Douce's Main Scribe and Corrector-Annotator177
App. 2The Marginal Annotations of Douce 104: A Complete Transcription181
App. 3: Translations193
Notes205
Index253

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