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Abstract and Keywords
This chapter examines the phenomenal book in the medieval period to discover ways in which the medieval manuscript was conceived and understood by its producers and multiple users. Of prime significance in this study is the aspect of “distant reading”—how audiences participated in making meaning when the book to which they had access was intended to be “enjoyed” from afar, perhaps read or displayed at some distance. Even as this mode of participation must have been most common, the paper then discusses the haptic and kinaesthetic nature of the book, clearly perceived to be a major component of the manuscript judging by the dominance of images from the long medieval period in which the book is held, touched, and interacted with.
Elaine Treharne is Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of Humanities, and Director of Stanford Text Technologies at Stanford University. She is the author of many books and articles on early medieval British literature and on manuscripts from ca. 600 to 1200, and her next major publication will be The Phenomenal Book. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Royal Historical Society, and the English Association.
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