Publisher description for The medieval manuscript book : cultural approaches / edited by Michael Johnston, Michael Van Dussen.

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Traditional scholarship on manuscripts has tended to focus on issues concerning their production and has shown comparatively little interest in the cultural contexts of the manuscript book. The Medieval Manuscript Book redresses this by focusing on aspects of the medieval book in its cultural situations. Written by experts in the study of the handmade book before print, this volume combines bibliographical expertise with broader insights into the theory and praxis of manuscript study in areas from bibliography to social context, linguistics to location, and archaeology to conservation. The focus of the contributions ranges widely, from authorship to miscellaneity, and from vernacularity to digital facsimiles of manuscripts. Taken as a whole, these essays make the case that to understand the manuscript book it must be analyzed in all its cultural complexity, from production to transmission to its continued adaptation.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Manuscripts, Medieval -- Europe -- History -- To 1500.
Manuscripts, Medieval -- Social aspects -- History -- To 1500.
Transmission of texts -- Europe -- History -- To 1500.
Books and reading -- Europe -- History -- To 1500.
Literature, Medieval -- History and criticism.
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh. -- bisacsh