Pursuing History

Pursuing History

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This volume argues through a series of selected local studies, for the importance of qtextual criticismq as a fundamental act of historical interpretation and recovery, pointing out the need for attention to the physical bearers of our knowledge of the English Middle Ages, the books themselves, and the ignored and alienating features of manuscript culture. The book begins with three essays that seek to problematize medieval book production, to show the procedure as more a fluid and emergent than a foreplanned process. The following two essays provide theoretical statements about the textual uses of manuscripts.Especially in the case of vernacular texts, one can scarcely underestimate the exemplar poverty of late-medieval England, the difficulty ... (This topic will recur in several subsequent essays.) Middle English texts exist within a prenational literary culture, one with no single canon (or very clearly developed series of canons).

Title:Pursuing History
Author: Ralph Hanna
Publisher:Stanford University Press - 1996

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