“Silence Visible”

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:
“Silence Visible”

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This chapter examines the interaction between private and public experience in Carthusian devotion as it is preserved in books and art from the early days of the order through the late medieval period. It explains that Carthusian performative reading in the Middle Ages often operated as a personal analogue to collective liturgical events, and their devotional images and texts repeatedly represent communities both monastic and heavenly, constructing their solitary readers and viewers according to their place in those communities. The chapter also explores the complex relations between private and public experience that distinguish the late-medieval English charterhouse, the devotional community in which Additional 37049 was probably both produced and consumed.

Keywords: Carthusian devotion; performative reading; devotional images; solitary readers; English charterhouse; Additional 37049

Chapter.  19069 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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