Reading Communities

Wendy Scase

in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature in English

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199229123
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Reading Communities

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This article examines reading communities in England during the medieval period. It suggests that medieval reading always a community activity and proves this claim by drawing on some of the vast range of evidence of reading cultures in medieval England. It discusses the relation between literacy and the provision of reading material and describes some current development in research on medieval reading.

Keywords: reading communities; England; medieval period; reading cultures; literacy; reading material

Article.  8037 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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