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Fragments and Assemblages: Forming Compilations of Medieval London

Arthur Bahr

Abstract

This book expands the ways in which we interpret medieval manuscripts, examining the formal characteristics of both physical manuscripts and literary works. Specifically, it argues that manuscript compilations from fourteenth-century London reward interpretation as both assemblages and fragments: as meaningfully constructed objects whose forms and textual contents shed light on the city's literary, social, and political cultures, but also as artifacts whose physical fragmentation invites forms of literary criticism that were unintended by their medieval makers. Such compilations are not simply ... More

Keywords: medieval manuscripts, manuscript compilations, fourteenth-century London, interpretation, assemblages, fragments, literary criticism, aesthetic analysis, multilingual codices, andrew Horn

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226924915
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226924922.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arthur Bahr, author