This collaborative collection considers the packaging, presentation and consumption of medieval manuscripts and early printed books in Europe 1350–1550. It showcases innovative research on the history of the book from a range of established and younger scholars from the US and Europe in the fields of English and French Studies, History, Music, and Art History. The collection falls naturally into three sections: • Packaging and Presentation: The physical context of the manuscript and printed book including its binding, visual presentation and internal organization • Consumers: Producers, Owners, and Readers • Consuming the Text: The experience of the audience(s) for books These three strands are interdependent, and highlight the materiality of the manuscript or printed book as a consumable, focusing on its ‘consumability’ in the sense of its packaging and presentation, its consumers, and on the act of consumption in the sense of reading and reception or literal decay.
Emma Cayley is Senior Lecturer in French and Head of Modern Languages at the University of Exeter. Susan Powell holds a Chair in Medieval Texts and Culture in the School of Languages and Social Sciences at the University of Salford.
List of contributors: Emma Cayley, University of Exeter, UK Susan Powell, University of Salford, UK Derek Pearsall, Honorary Professor of English, University of York, former Gurney Professor of English, Harvard University, USA Anne Marie Lane, Toppan Rare Books Library, University of Wyoming, USA Matti Peikola, University of Turku, Finland Kate Maxwell, University of Glasgow, UK Sonja Drimmer, University of Nottingham, UK Yvonne Rode, Fordham University, USA Anna Lewis, University of Ottawa, Canada Anne F. Sutton, The Mercers’ Company of London, UK Martha W. Driver, Pace University, NY, USA Shayne Husbands, University of Cardiff, UK Carrie Griffin, Queen Mary, University of London, UK Anamaria Gellert, University of Pisa, Italy John B. Friedman, Kent State University, Salem, USA Mary Morse, Rider University, USA
Reviews'The individual essays are all very well contextualised within their own specific fields, and, significantly, they are aided very substantially by the construction of this volume... This book forms a very valuable contribution to current scholarship in the field of medieval and early modern book production, consumption and reception.'
Elisabeth Salter, English Historical Review
'This volume highlights the wealth of research output from a number of different fields, as well as the value of interdisciplinary collaboration in producing synergistic outcomes.'
Erin Connelly, Nottingham Medieval Studies