By Jessica Brantley

Just as twenty-first-century applied sciences like blogs and wikis have remodeled the as soon as inner most act of analyzing right into a public firm, devotional studying stories within the heart a long time have been established upon an oscillation among the solitary and the communal. In Reading within the Wilderness, Jessica Brantley makes use of instruments from either literary feedback and artwork background to light up extra MS 37049, an illustrated Carthusian miscellany housed within the British Library. This revealing artifact, Brantley argues, closes the space among workforce spectatorship and personal learn in overdue medieval England.

Drawing at the paintings of W. J. T. Mitchell, Michael Camille, and others operating on the image-text crossroads, Reading within the Wilderness addresses the manuscript’s texts and illustrations to check connections among analyzing and function in the solitary monk’s phone and likewise open air. Brantley reimagines the medieval codex as a domain the place the meanings of pictures and phrases are played, either publicly and privately, within the act of reading.

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