IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 532: Reform, the Reader, and the Book: The Development of Reading Habits and Practices in Reformation England and Scotland

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Medieval & Renaissance Studies, University of Glasgow
Organiser:Diane G. Scott, School of Critical Studies (English Language), University of Glasgow
Moderator/Chair:Johanna Green, School of Critical Studies (English Language), University of Glasgow
Paper 532-aThe Politics of Reading and (Re)Writing in Reformation England: Langland, Lydgate, and Textual Continuity
(Language: English)
Diane G. Scott, School of Critical Studies (English Language), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Bibliography, Language and Literature - Middle English, Literacy and Orality, Printing History
Paper 532-bInnovation and Tradition: The Changing Reading Communities of Pitscottie's Cronicles
(Language: English)
Francesca Mackay, School of Critical Studies (English Language), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Bibliography, Language and Literature - Other, Literacy and Orality, Printing History
Abstract

Taking into account issues of textual production, reception, and reading practices, this session examines the role of literacy and the book in Reformation and post-Reformation England and Scotland. Moving through the medieval and early modern periods and crossing geographical boundaries, the interdisciplinary panel engages with the politics of reform and developments in the associated literary cultures. Synchronic analysis which considers the localised function of texts and reading communities is combined with a diachronic approach which aims to chart the development of reading habits and practices during the Reformation and beyond. Combining historical, codicological, and pragmatic evidence, each of the three papers examines the relationship between the form and function of the book.