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Reading in the wilderness : private devotion and public performance in late medieval England

Author: Jessica Brantley
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007.
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Just as twenty-first-century technologies like blogs and wikis have transformed the once private act of reading into a public enterprise, devotional reading experiences in the Middle Ages were dependent upon an oscillation between the solitary and the communal. In Reading in the Wilderness, Jessica Brantley uses tools from both literary criticism and art history to illuminate Additional MS 37049, an illustrated  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Brantley, Jessica.
Reading in the wilderness.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007
(DLC) 2007014103
(OCoLC)123079186
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jessica Brantley
ISBN: 9780226071343 0226071340 1281959197 9781281959195
OCLC Number: 304524434
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 463 pages, 8 pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
Contents: Introduction: The performance of reading --
"Silence visible" : Carthusian devotional reading and meditative practice --
Backgrounds : the Carthusian Order --
Carthusians and books --
Carthusians and art --
The shapes of eremitic reading in the desert of religion : the desert of religion as imagetext --
"ALS wildernes is wroght þis boke" : formats of monastic books --
Reading spiritual community in the wilderness --
Lyric imaginings and painted prayers --
The eremitic lyric and Richard Rolle --
Imagining the Carthusian reader --
Liturgical pageantry in private spaces --
Reading the liturgy : two models --
Performing the holy name --
Performing the canonical hours --
Performing the seven sacraments --
Envisioning dialogue in performance --
"In maner of a dyaloge it wente" --
Allegorical dialogues : the pylgremage of the soul --
Mystical dialogues : the treatise of the seven points --
Dramatizing the cell : theatrical performances in monastic reading --
Dramatic texts, lyric voices, and private readers --
Theatrical reading in additional 37049 --
Monastic closet drama --
Conclusion: Reading performances.
Responsibility: Jessica Brantley.

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