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- DescriptionThe period from the late twelfth through fifteenth centuries was an age of information in western Europe, and like today's electronic databases, medieval manuscripts helped readers access, process, and analyze information. Taxomies of Kwledge: Information and Order in Medieval Manuscripts considers the role of the manuscript book in organizing and classifying kwledge. The collection's six essays demonstrate how the techlogies of the book, including the types of material used, choices of textual arrangement, format, script, layout, decoration, and overall design, make it possible to determine what medieval readers and writers thought information was, what they determined was useful to kw, and through which categories they decided it could be transmitted effectively to others. The essays in Taxomies of Kwledge examine how medieval manuscripts functioned taxomically, as systems through which kwledge was organized, classified, and used. From the place of the medieval library in manuscript culture to the rise and fall of the twelfth-century commentary tradition, from the employment of maps and diagrams to the complexities of devotional practice, and from the role of poetics in manuscript design to the organization and use of encyclopedias and lexicons, the contributors argue that how information was presented was nearly as important as the information itself. By exploring the relationship between medieval kwledge and its transmission, the volume sheds lights on how the past shapes our understanding of information culture today. Contributors: Katherine Breen, Charles Burnett, Mary Franklin-Brown, Alfred Hiatt, Sara S. Poor, Lynn Ransom, Emily Steiner, Elizaveta Strakhov.
- Author BiographyEmily Steiner is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and author of Reading Piers Plowman. Lynn Ransom is Curator at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
- PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Date of Publication06/10/2015
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationPennsylvania
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Content Note18 color, 9 b/w illus.
- Weight522 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Edited byEmily Steiner,Lynn Ransom
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