Technique and Technology: Script, Print, and Poetics in France 1470-1550

Hardcover | March 15, 2000

byAdrian Armstrong

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Literary studies cannot neglect the study of books, the physical objects through which literary texts are transmitted. Book form is especially relevant to the literature of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, which saw the crucial shift from manuscript to print in Western Europe.This book examines manuscripts and printed editions of three major French writers of this key period: Jean Molinet, Jean Lemaire de Belges and Jean Bouchet. Presentational features which influence the reading of poems, such as layout, illustration, anthologization and paratext, are analysed. Thedevelopment of these features reflects a gradual change in the ways in which literary self-consciousness is manifested. In earlier texts, produced within an essentially manuscript culture, poets' creative investment in their work is exhibited primarily as formal virtuosity. As printing becomesdominant, such virtuosity tends to be rejected in favour of self-commentary and an apparently more personal discourse.

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Literary studies cannot neglect the study of books, the physical objects through which literary texts are transmitted. Book form is especially relevant to the literature of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, which saw the crucial shift from manuscript to print in Western Europe.This book examines manuscripts and printed ...

Adrian Armstrong is Lecturer in French, University of Manchester

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Format:HardcoverPublished:March 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198159897

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Introduction1. Manuscripts of Molinet's poetry2. Editions of Molinet's poetry3. Manuscripts of Lemaire's poetry4. Editions of Lemaire's poetryConclusionBibliographyIndex

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`a brilliant, tightly structured, and fully argued analysis ... combining solid traditional bibliography happily with modern theoretical concepts, he says important things about how literary figures envisaged their work, and how physical presentation affects what they meant to say.'Stephen Rawles, June 2001