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Iconography and the professional reader : the politics of book production in the Douce Piers Plowman

Author: Kathryn Kerby-Fulton; Denise Louise Despres
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, ©1999.
Series: Medieval cultures, v. 15.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: Illustrations
Named Person: William Langland; William Langland; William Langland; English (Middle) Manuscripts; William Langland; William Langland; William Langland; William Langland; William Langland; William Langland; William (1332?-1400?) Langland; William Langland; William Langland
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kathryn Kerby-Fulton; Denise Louise Despres
ISBN: 0816629765 9780816629763
OCLC Number: 39951596
Description: xviii, 268 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction / Kathryn Kerby-Fulton --
pt. I. Visual Politics / Kathryn Kerby-Fulton. 1. Visual Literacy and the Iconography of Reformist Polemics. 2. Visual Literacy and the Iconography of Social Dissent. 3. The Professional Reader as Annotator. 4. Visual Politics --
pt. II. Visual Heuristics / Denise L. Despres. 5. Visualizing the Text: The Heuristics of the Page. 6. Visual Heuristics. Conclusion: Reading Piers Plowman in a Manuscript Culture / Denise L. Despres --
App. 1. The Hands of Douce's Main Scribe and Corrector-Annotator --
App. 2. The Marginal Annotations of Douce 104: A Complete Transcription.
Series Title: Medieval cultures, v. 15.
Responsibility: Kathryn Kerby-Fulton and Denise L. Despres.

Abstract:

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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