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This volume gathers the contributions of senior and junior scholars—all indebted to the pathbreaking work of Derek Pearsall—to showcase new research prompted by his rich and ongoing legacy as a literary critic, editor, and seminal founder of Middle English manuscript studies. The contributors aim both to honor Pearsall’s work in the field he established and to introduce the complexities of interdisciplinary manuscript studies to students already familiar with medieval literature. The contributors explore a range of issues, from the study of medieval literary manuscripts to the history of medieval books, libraries, literacy, censorship, and the social classes who used the books and manuscripts—nobles, children, schoolmasters, priests, merchants, and more. In addressing reading practices, essays provide a wealth of information on marginal commentaries, images and interpretive methods, international transmission, and early print and editorial methods.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontispiece, Title page, Copyright
  2. pp. ii-vi
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  1. About the Conway Conferences
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xvii-xx
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  1. A Brief Biographical Sketch of Derek Pearsall
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. Part I: Celebrating Pearsallian Reading Practices
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Chapter 1: Narrative and Freedom in Troilus and Criseyde
  2. A.C. Spearing
  3. pp. 7-33
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  1. Chapter 2: How Good Is the Outspoken South English Legendary Poet?
  2. Oliver Pickering
  3. pp. 34-54
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  1. Chapter 3: Derek Pearsall, Secret Shakespearean
  2. Martha W. Driver
  3. pp. 55-72
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  1. Part II: England and International: Studies in Courtly Verse and Affectivity Inspired by the Work of Elizabeth Salter and Derek Pearsall at York
  2. pp. 73-77
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  1. Chapter 4: The Tongues of the Nightingale
  2. Jocelyn Wogan-Browne
  3. pp. 78-98
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  1. Chapter 5: Wings, Wingfields, and Wynnere and Wastoure
  2. Susan Powell
  3. pp. 99-118
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  1. Chapter 6: The Author of the Italian Meditations on the Life of Christ
  2. Sarah McNamer
  3. pp. 119-137
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  1. Chapter 7: Handling The Book of Margery Kempe: The Corrective Touches of the Red Ink Annotator
  2. Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis
  3. pp. 138-158
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  1. Part III: The Making of a Field: York’s 1981 Manuscripts and Readers Thirty Years Later
  2. pp. 159-164
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  1. Chapter 8: Assessing Manuscript Context: Visible and Invisible Evidence in a Copy of the Middle English Brut
  2. Julia Boffey
  3. pp. 165-176
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  1. Chapter 9: Books with Marginalia from St. Mark’s Hospital, Bristol
  2. A.I. Doyle
  3. pp. 177-191
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  1. Chapter 10: John Colyns, Mercer and Bookseller of London, and Cuthbert Tunstall’s Second Monition of 1526
  2. Carol M. Meale
  3. pp. 192-206
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  1. Chapter 11: Selling Lydgate Manuscripts in the Twentieth Century
  2. A.S.G. Edwards
  3. pp. 207-220
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  1. Part IV: Newer Directions in Manuscript Studies I: Regional and Scribal Identities
  2. pp. 221-225
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  1. Chapter 12: “And fer ouer þe French flod”: A Look at Cotton Nero A.x from an International Perspective
  2. Hannah Zdansky
  3. pp. 226-250
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  1. Chapter 13: Langlandian Economics in James Yonge’s Gouernaunce
  2. Hilary E. Fox
  3. pp. 251-270
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  1. Chapter 14: Manuscript Creation in Dublin: The Scribe of Bodleian e. Museo MS 232 and Longleat MS 29
  2. pp. 271-292
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  1. Part V: Newer Directions in Manuscript Studies II: Women, Children, and Literacy at Work in Late Medieval and Early Tudor England
  2. pp. 293-299
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  1. Chapter 15: The Romance of History: Lambeth Palace MS 491 and Its Young Readers
  2. Nicole Eddy
  3. pp. 300-323
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  1. Chapter 16: Langland in the Early Modern Household: Piers Plowman in Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Digby 145, and Its Scribe-Annotator Dialogues
  2. Karrie Fuller
  3. pp. 324-341
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  1. Chapter 17: Playing as Literate Practice: Humanism and the Exclusion of Women Performers by the London Professional Stages
  2. Maura Giles-Watson
  3. pp. 342-358
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  1. Part VI: Chaucerian and Post-Chaucerian Reading Practices
  2. pp. 359-362
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  1. Chapter 18: Quoting Chaucer: Textual Authority, the Nun’s Priest, and the Making of the Canterbury Tales
  2. Elizabeth Scala
  3. pp. 363-383
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  1. Chapter 19: Chaucer, the Continent, and the Characteristics of Commentary
  2. Sarah Baechle
  3. pp. 384-405
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  1. Chapter 20: Hoccleve in Canterbury
  2. Peter Brown
  3. pp. 406-424
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  1. Chapter 21: The Legacy of John Shirley: Revisiting Houghton MS Eng 530
  2. Stephen Partridge
  3. pp. 425-446
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  1. Part VII: What a Poet Is “Entitled to Be Remembered By”: Editorial Philosophies and the Langlandian Legacy of Derek Pearsall
  2. pp. 447-451
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  1. Chapter 22: Was the C-Reviser’s Manuscript Really So Corrupt?
  2. Jill Mann
  3. pp. 452-466
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  1. Chapter 23: Emending Oneself: Compilatio and Revisio in Langland, Usk, and Higden
  2. Melinda Nielsen
  3. pp. 467-488
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  1. Chapter 24: Confronting the Scribe-Poet Binary: The Z Text, Writing Office Redaction, and the Oxford Reading Circles
  2. Kathryn Kerby-Fulton
  3. pp. 489-515
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 516-517
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  1. Index of Manuscripts and Incunabula
  2. pp. 518-523
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  1. General Index
  2. pp. 524-552
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268084622
Related ISBN
9780268033279
MARC Record
OCLC
895270659
Pages
532
Launched on MUSE
2014-11-13
Language
English
Open Access
No
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