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Technique and Technology: Script, Print, and Poetics in France 1470-1550 - Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs (Hardback)
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Technique and Technology: Script, Print, and Poetics in France 1470-1550 - Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs (Hardback)

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Hardback 258 Pages / Published: 09/03/2000
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Literary studies cannot neglect the study of books, the physical objects through which literary texts are transmitted. Book form is especially relevant to the literature of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, which saw the crucial shift from manuscript to print in Western Europe. This book examines manuscripts and printed editions of three major French writers of this key period: Jean Molinet, Jean Lemaire de Belges and Jean Bouchet. Presentational features which influence the reading of poems, such as layout, illustration, anthologization and paratext, are analysed. The development of these features reflects a gradual change in the ways in which literary self-consciousness is manifested. In earlier texts, produced within an essentially manuscript culture, poets' creative investment in their work is exhibited primarily as formal virtuosity. As printing becomes dominant, such virtuosity tends to be rejected in favour of self-commentary and an apparently more personal discourse.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198159896
Number of pages: 258
Weight: 477 g
Dimensions: 225 x 146 x 19 mm


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The work is pre-eminently characterized by its meticulous scholarship. Many readers will find much of interest in its pages including some suggestive analyses. * Renaissance Studies *
Armstrong's book is a well-written and solid contribution to the neglected field of late medieval French literature ... Armstrong wants to set an example for scholarship, and he sets a good one, balancing painstaking codicological and bibliographic research with interpretive acuity and conceptual ambitions. * Bryn Mawr Classical Review *
A model of scholarly rigous and excellence. In an elegant, limpid prose, his finely tuned case studies of codicological and printerly details set the state for innovate, often dazzling analyses of literary passages and text-image associations. This volume marks an important contribution to interdisciplinary research on late medieval and early modern book culture. * Medium Aevum *

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