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- DescriptionFor a long time scholars have generally shared the belief that late medieval authors - particularly in England and especially Chaucer - wrote for private readers. This book challenges that view and current orthodoxies in orality-literacy theory. It assembles and analyses in depth, for the first time, an overwhelming mass of evidence that in both Britain and France from the mid-fourteenth to the late-fifteenth century, literate, elite audiences continued to prefer public reading (aloud in groups) to private reading. This book offers the first sustained critique of Walter Ong's Orality and Literacy (1982), which has encouraged medievalists to underestimate the nature and role of late medieval public reading. Using an 'ethgraphic' methodology, Joyce Coleman develops several schema from the data and applies them in analyses of texts including historical records, works by Chaucer and other writings into the late-fifteenth century.
- Author(s)Joyce Coleman
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication30/06/2005
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleCambridge Studies in Medieval Literature
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 26
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note12 b/w illus.
- Weight420 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Series Edited byAlastair Minnis,Patrick Boyde,Professor John Burrow,Rita Copeland,Alan Deyermond,Peter Dronke,Nigel Palmer,Winthrop Wetherbee
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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