Conclusion <i>Reading Performances</i>

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:
Conclusion Reading Performances

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study about the late medieval habits of thought that link reading with performance, focusing on Additional 37049. It suggests that Additional 37049 illuminates a broad expanse of late medieval literary history, for it contains monastic reading, individual meditation, communal worship, and lyric and dramatic poetry. The chapter also suggests ways in which the performative reading of this individual miscellany might reflect devotional practices at large.

Keywords: performative reading; Additional 37049; literary history; monastic reading; individual meditation; communal worship; lyric poetry; dramatic poetry; devotional practices

Chapter.  2092 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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