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Memory Work and the Labor of Writing

Memory Work and the Labor of Writing

Chapter:
(p.99) Chapter Three Memory Work and the Labor of Writing
Source:
The Medieval Invention of Travel
Author(s):
Shayne Aaron Legassie
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226442730.003.0004

This chapter argues that pilgrims to the Holy Land were largely responsible for redefining travel as an exercise in literate self-discipline. It situates travel writing about the Holy Land within devotional and intellectual traditions that date to late antiquity, but that found new force during the Middle Ages, with the striking spread and diversification of literacies.

Keywords:   pilgrimage, Holy Land, memory, devotional practice, travel diaries, note-taking, literacy, Felix Fabri, Niccolò da Poggibonsi

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