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

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816629763
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Series: Medieval Cultures Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 15
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I Visual Politics
1 Visual Literacy and the Iconography of Reformist Polemics 17
2 Visual Literacy and the Iconography of Social Dissent 42
3 The Professional Reader as Annotator 68
4 Visual Politics 92
Pt. II Visual Heuristics
5 Visualizing the Text: The Heuristics of the Page 119
6 Visual Heuristics 147
Conclusion: Reading Piers Plowman in a Manuscript Culture 169
App. 1 The Hands of Douce's Main Scribe and Corrector-Annotator 177
App. 2 The Marginal Annotations of Douce 104: A Complete Transcription 181
App. 3: Translations 193
Notes 205
Index 253
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