The history of the vel is also a history of shifting views of the value of vel reading. This study investigates how vels themselves participate in this development by featuring reading as a multidimensional cultural practice. English vels about obsessive reading, written in times of medial transition, serve as test cases for a model that brings together analyses of form and content.
Dorothee Birke, Univ. of Freiburg, Germany, and Univ. of Aarhus, Denmark.