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Reading in the Wilderness: Private Devotion and Public Performance in Late Medieval England

Jessica Brantley


Just as twenty-first-century technologies such as blogs and wikis have transformed the once private act of reading into a public enterprise, devotional reading experiences in the Middle Ages were dependent upon an oscillation between the solitary and the communal. This book uses tools from both literary criticism and art history to illuminate Additional MS 37049, an illustrated Carthusian miscellany housed in the British Library. This revealing artifact, the author argues, closes the gap between group spectatorship and private study in late medieval England. Drawing on the work of W. J. T. Mit ... More

Keywords: blogs, wikis, devotional reading experiences, Middle Ages, literary criticism, art history, Additional MS 37049, Carthusian miscellany, British Library, late medieval England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226071329
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226071343.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Brantley, author