IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 320: Reconstructing Reading and Reception: Travels in Space, Place, and Imagination, c. 1350-1550

Monday 11 July 2005, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Canterbury Centre for Medieval & Tudor Studies, University of Kent
Organiser:Elisabeth Salter, Canterbury Centre for Medieval & Tudor Studies, University of Kent
Moderator/Chair:Andrew F. Butcher, Aberystwyth University
Paper 320-aReading the World in the 14th and 15th Centuries: Some Evidence from the Margins of Travellers' Accounts of India
(Language: English)
Marianne O'Doherty, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 320-b'…to try my pen...': An Ethnography of Popular Reading Practices, c. 1450-1550
(Language: English)
Elisabeth Salter, Canterbury Centre for Medieval & Tudor Studies, University of Kent
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Mentalities, Philosophy
Paper 320-cTranslation and the Role of Vernacular Dialogue for the Transmission of Philosophical Ideas, c. 1400-1550
(Language: English)
Emily J. Richards, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Abstract

This session is concerned with the reconstruction of reading practices and issues of reception in three different types of text and book, c. 1350-1550. O’Doherty examines the different kinds of reception for two 14th-century accounts of India as evidenced by two forms of marginal writing: scribal direction and reader annotation. Richards examines the conceptual spaces provided by dialogic texts such as [???] for the transformation of prhilosophical ideas, c. 1400-1550. Salter examines the concept ‘oralisation’, as a means of reconstructing popular reading practices amongst emergent literate groups using widely available devotional literatures, manuscript and print.