Patient Reading/Reading Patience

Oxford Essays on Medieval English Literature

Ralph Hanna

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ISBN: 9781786940551

Publication: December 1, 2017

Series: Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies

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This volume brings together a variety of studies, some reprinted, some new; all are devoted to the literate culture of the English later Middle Ages. The studies hover about four foci: normative English polylingualism (across three grammatically distinct languages); the messiness and discontinuities of medieval manuscript production; drawing conclusions about historical audiences/literary communities on the basis of book-evidence; and finally, the Middle English poem Piers Plowman. In general, although all the essays here arrive at broad conclusions, their point is other. The essays exemplify methods of study, the identification of problems and the recognition of tools appropriate or helpful in addressing them. Perhaps particularly the volume gestures toward a range of skills appropriate for the task; these range from narrow observation of book-production techniques to bringing a local historical record to bear on an individual volume or group of them.

Ralph Hanna is Professor of Palaeography (Emeritus) and Emeritus Fellow at Keble College, Oxford. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow, former Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute (Harvard University), and winner of the British Academy Sir Israel Gollancz Prize for English Language 2015. His books include Editing Medieval Texts (Liverpool University Press, 2015) and Introducing English Medieval Book History: Manuscripts, their Producers and their Readers (Liverpool University Press, 2013).

Abbreviations Acknowledgements Introduction [I] Language Barriers 1. Literacy, Schooling, Universities 2.Vernacular Exegesis in Fourteenth-Century England? 3.Lambeth Palace Library, MS 260 and the Problem of English Vernacularity 4.Editing 'Middle English Lyrics': The Case of Candet nudatum pectus 5.Performing Exegesis: Lyric and Sermon in Cambridge University Library, MS Gg.6.26 [II] Nasty Books: Collection Procedures 6.Lambeth Palace Library, MS 487: Some Problems of Early Thirteenth-Century Textual Transmission 7.Producing Magdalen College MS lat. 93 8.A Fifteenth-Century Vernacular Miscellany Revisited 9.Humphrey Newton and Bodleian Library, MS Lat. misc. c.66 [III] Historicising the Archive 10.Yorkshire Writers 11.Some North Yorkshire Scribes and Their Context 12.Dr Peter Partridge and Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Digby 98 13.John of Wales and 'Classicising Friars' [IV] Still Harping On – Reading(:) Patience in Piers Plowman An Ideological Prequel Prologue: Langland's Kind of Poetry 1. On Patience 2. Conscience's Dinner 3. Hawkin and Patience's Instruction 4. The C Version Revisions Bibliography Index

Format: Hardback

Size: 239 x 163 mm

384 Pages

ISBN: 9781786940551

Publication: December 1, 2017

Series: Exeter Medieval Texts and Studies

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