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Compilation, Assemblage, Fragment

Compilation, Assemblage, Fragment

(p.1) Introduction Compilation, Assemblage, Fragment
Fragments and Assemblages
Arthur Bahr
University of Chicago Press

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to explore the interactions between medieval texts and the manuscripts that contain and shape them. It provides a definition of compilation, not as an objective quality of either texts or objects, but rather as a mode of perceiving such forms so as to disclose an interpretably meaningful arrangement, thus bringing into being a text/work that is more than the sum of its parts. It then discusses what the four manuscript compilations examined in the present study reveal about the social, political, and textual life of fourteenth-century London.

Keywords:   medieval manuscripts, fourteenth century, London, manuscript compilations

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