in Reading in the Wilderness

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780226071329
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226071343 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the late medieval habits of thought that link reading with performance. This connection private reading and public performance in the fifteenth century can be found in the British Library MS Additional 37049. The chapter investigates the monastic order that most likely both produced and used Additional 37049 and examines the book's Carthusian context matters for the performative reading it encourages.

Keywords: private reading; public performance; MS Additional 37049; monastic order; performative reading

Chapter.  11329 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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