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date: 01 June 2020

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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.

Keywords: Medieval manuscript, audience, hapticity, reading, access, representation, image, phenomenology

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